About the Skill Module

This skill module describes separators, their use and application, in the oil and gas industry. The principle of gas-liquid and oil-water separations are discussed along with separator sizing. This module also explains what emulsions are, how they form, and their influence on separator design. Also discussed are methods and equipment used to destabilize and eliminate emulsions.

Target Audience

Production and processing personnel involved with natural gas and associated liquids, to acquaint or reacquaint themselves with gas conditioning and processing unit operations. This course is for facilities engineers, process engineers, senior operations personnel, field supervisors, and engineers who select, design, install, evaluate, or operate gas processing plants and related facilities. A broad approach is taken with the topics.

You Will Learn

Participants will learn how to:

  • Describe separator applications and common types of separators
  • List the sizing criteria for 2-phase and 3-phase separators
  • Discuss the principles of gas-liquid separation and how they are applied in separator design
  • Describe the effect of inlet piping size and inlet devices on separator sizing
  • List the types of mist extractors and describe typical applications
  • Estimate separator size based on gas-liquid separation criteria
  • Describe emulsions, how they form, and how they influence separator design
  • Discuss how emulsions can be destabilized and eliminated
  • Estimate the size of an oil dehydrator based on liquid-liquid separation criteria

Product Details




Gas Processing



Product Type:

Individual Skill Module




4 hours (approx.)