Principles and Practice of Oilfield Sampling

Principles and Practice of Oilfield Sampling is a practical two day workshop designed to build knowledge, experience and confidence in sampling of high pressure liquids and hydrocarbon gas. Delegates shall gain an understanding of the key hazards that may be encountered during sampling and the main control measures required to ensure the safety of the person carrying out the sampling operation and everyone around them.

Interactive classroom based presentations are supported by highly detailed training notes, valuable practical exercises and an opportunity to use purpose designed pressurised oil and gas sampling skids during the practical training elements of the course. A key objective of this workshop is to build knowledge, experience and confidence through hands-on use of sampling equipment typical to that used on many oil and gas production sites or platforms in a controlled environment, where experienced trainers are on hand to demonstrate safe sampling techniques.

This two day course has been delivered to several hundred chemists, operators and technical service personnel from countries across the world. It has become a standard course for many oil and service companies alike, that understand the considerable dangers associated with pressurised hydrocarbon sampling.

This two day training course shall be presented by two highly experienced trainers who share over 35 years’ joint experience of good sampling practice in the field. In addition to theoretical and practical training in good sampling practices, NuLab trainers offer many examples of what not to do, the potential consequences and the lessons that can be gained from these examples, which graphically illustrate how a lack of knowledge and poor or incorrect training can result in unexpected incidents, accidents, loss of life or costly production shutdowns.

Delegates will learn:

  • How to perform safety inspections of sample points and equipment before use.
  • The critical importance of following safe systems of work.
  • Details of typical control measures they will be required to follow.
  • To identify sampling hazards and how to mitigate them.
  • When and where specific types of sampling containers can be used, when they must not and the reasons why.
  • To follow the flow path of sample point arrangements, how to safely use them and the importance of leaving the site in a safe condition afterwards.
  • How to manage the risk of static electricity when sampling.
  • The criticality of obtaining representative samples, methods of ensuring that every one counts and reasons why they sometimes fail.
  • How to take atmospheric gas and liquid samples safely.
  • Methods of obtaining pressurised gas and liquid samples using a variety of sample cylinder types.
  • That sampling unknown solids needs extreme care and attention.
  • The importance and application of International Standards.

Trainee Feedback:

“I really enjoyed the first course and I think it was very good. I really hope it will become an industry standard.”

“It’s much easier to remember how to take a sample when you have done it.”

“10 out of 10 - the course was exactly what was needed.”

“This course should be part of an employee’s induction.”

“The practical sessions gave a good appreciation for sampling. Safety aspects were essential.”

“Most relevant course I’ve been on in a long time.”

“All offshore chemists regardless of experience should attend.”

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