Module code: ENGM217

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to the field of petroleum production, with a focus on the surface engineering and operations.

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

CHEN T Dr (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H850

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Introduction: General description on oil facilities, gas/condensate facilities, onshore and offshore operation; Product specification of crude oil, gas, NGLs, and LPG; Stage separation.

Production Facility Schemes: Typical flow sheets (piping and instruments), Instrument control loops, Water Injection.

Fluid Separation Design and Technology: Principle of separation, Design criteria and sizing of the separators; Separator Types; Separator components, desalters.

Equilibrium Flash Calculations: Typical composition of well fluids; Phase behaviour of hydrocarbons; Vapour/liquid equilibrium; Methods of performing flash calculations.

Processing and Conditioning of Gas Condensates and Natural Gases: Gas sweetening; Gas dehydration; Hydrocarbon dew point control; Stabilisation and fractionation.

Hydrocarbon Transportation and Storage: Design of liquid pipeline systems; Design of gas pipeline systems; Prime movers; Pipeline construction; Storage of oil, LPG, LNG and gas;

Project Economics: Estimating capital cost; Drilling cost; Operating cost; Discounted cash flow; Life cycle cost; NPV and IRR; Cost risk and Monte Carlo simulation; Contingency

Safe Design and Operation: HAZID and HAZOP; Fail safe design; Pressure codes; Hazardous area designation; Modification; Hot and cold work; Permit to work system; Vessel Entry.

LNG and GTL: Main LNG processes, process optimisation, compressor drivers, shipping, regasification terminals, LNG markets, GTL processes.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2 HOUR CLOSED BOOK EXAM 60

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Understanding of scientific principles, methodologies and mathematical methods associated with surface  operation, as well as the ability to formulate and solve particular problem in the final examination. The coursework tests and amplifies awareness and ability to formulate and solve a practical surface process problem.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework (design and/or analysis of petroleum refining process) – 40%, 15 hrs (LOs  2, 3, 4)             
Examination – 60%, 2 hrs   (LOs 1, 2, 4, 5)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative verbal feedback is given during tutorial sessions experiments
Formative feedback on coursework is given verbally and available on SurreyLearn to provide feedback on understanding of surface operation and respective problem formulation and solution.

Module aims

  • provide the students¬†with an introduction to the field of petroleum production and a systematic understanding of surface operations which have close relations with process engineering.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify the main petroleum products and production facilities. KP
002 Identify and explain the important technical areas of surface operations. K
003 Select and apply methods of the conceptual design of important separation processes KC
004 Aquire data and analyze the economic aspect of surface operations PT
005 Apply the tools and principles for the safe design and operation of surface processes and systems PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce principles of analysis and design of surface operation and their implementation and use through theory and worked examples. This is mainly delivered through lectures and tutorial on examples and problem solving activities.

The learning and teaching methods include:

2 hours lecture per week x 11 weeks
1 hour tutorial x 11 weeks
2 hours revision lectures

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemical Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Renewable Energy Systems Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Process Systems Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.