Surface Production Operations


This course covers the surface production operations. It provides information and concentrate on the proper selection, operation and maintenance of surface operation. The course gives review of properties of hydrocarbons, surface and covers controlled (SC – SSV’s), sucker rod pumping, surface unit components, prime mover & power supply, downhole pumps, factors affecting performance, separation & separator principles, lact unit principles & operation, dehydration & desalting, field treating of natural gas, natural gas measurement, and flare stacks & vent system.


To enhance the participants’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to understand surface production operations


By the end of this course, participant will be able to:

  • Understand properties of hydrocarbons.

  • Understand surface – controlled (SC – SSV’s).

  • Be familiar with sucker rod pumping.

  • Determine surface unit components.

  • Be familiar with downhole pumps.

  • Identify factors affecting performance.

  • Understand separation and separator principles.

  • Be familiar with LACT unit principles and operation.

  • Understand dehydration and desalting.

  • Be familiar with field treating of natural gas.


  • Review of properties of hydrocarbons.
  • Surface – controlled (SC – SSV’s).
  • Sucker rod pumping.
  • Surface unit components.
  • Prime mover & power supply.
  • Downhole pumps.
  • Factors affecting performance.
  • Separation & separator principles.
  • Separator types.
  • Separator operation.
  • Operating problems.
  • LACT unit principles & operation.
  • Function & components.
  • Operations & problem - solving.
  • Dehydration & desalting.
  • Emulsion formation & breaking.
  • Vertical & horizontal treater operation.
  • Electrostatic treater design / operation.
  • The desalting process / equipment.
  • Emulsion treating.
  • Field treating of natural gas.
  • Properties of natural gas.
  • Hydrates formation & inhibition.
  • Glycol dehydration.
  • Amine sweetening.
  • Sulpher recovery.
  • Natural gas measurement.
  • Metering equations.
  • Factors affecting accuracy.
  • Orifice meter station.
  • Flare stacks & vent system.

Who Can Benefit?

Production engineers.