PRocess Operations

3 Phase Separation Awareness

 In this course we will look at the different types of separator, pros and cons of different orientations, separator components and the importance of sufficient residence time.
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Course Description 

Three phase separation is the process of breaking well fluids down into its constituent parts, namely oil, water and gas.

In this course we will look at the different types of separator, pros and cons of different orientations, separator components and the importance of sufficient residence time.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the purpose of three phase separation
  • Describe the basic principles of three phase separation 
  • Explain the effects of fluid flow regimes
  • Distinguish between the different types of separator 
  • Define the advantages and disadvantages of each separator type 
  • Define the functions of the internal and external separator components 
  • Describe how pressure and liquid levels are monitored and controlled