MSc in Oil & Gas and Offshore Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMOE505
Course Unit DetailsMSc Oil & Gas and Offshore Engineering (Required Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Develop flowsheets of industrial processes.
  2. Use commercial simulators.
  3. Learn about process integration technology to calculate efficiency targets, especially in the use of energy.
  4. Design stages of process development.
  5. Understand basic principles of modelling.
  6. Understand and practice principles of process integration.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

Module A – ProcessDesign

·    Design hierarchy in process development.

·    Design and integration of chemical reactors.

·    Design and selection of separation trains.

·    Integration of reaction and separationsystems.

·    Design with purge and recycle streams.

·    Trade-off and Parametric Analysis.

·    Design for Environmental performance andsafety.


Module B – IndustrialSimulation

·    Introduction to flowsheeting.

·    Model-based approaches and methodology.

·    Introduction to commercial simulators.

·    Selection of unit operations.

·    Integration and simulation of flowsheets.

·    Selection of property and thermodynamicmodels.

·    Project work – development of an industrialflowsheets.


Module C – ProcessIntegration

·    Basic principles of process and energyintegration.

·    Design and targeting of heat recoverynetworks.

·    Design and targeting of utility networks.

·    Process modifications.

·    Integration of simple and complexdistillation.

·    Data extraction.

·    Total Site Analysis.

·    Project work – retrofitting an industrialprocess.


Computer Laboratory

Computerlabs (3 lectures of 3 hours each) to familiarize with commercial simulationsoftware.
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • R. Smith, Chemical Process Design and Integration, Wiley, 2005.
  • R. Smith, Chemical Process Design, McGraw Hill, 1995.
  • L T. Biegler, I. Grossman and A. Westerberg, Systematic Methods of Chemical Process Design, Prentice Hall, 2004.
  • Douglas, 1988, Conceptual Design of Chemical Processes, McGraw-Hill.
  • G. Towler and R Sinnott, Chemical Engineering Design, Elsevier, 2008.
  • User Guide on Process Integration for the Efficient Use of Energy, IChemE, 1982.
  • Understanding Process Integration, IChemE, 1982.
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsThe taught part ofcourse is delivered to the students by means of lectures, conducted with thehelp of computer presentations. Lecture notes and presentations are availablethrough the web for students to use in combination with the textbooks. Lecturesare supplemented with assignments aiming to help the understanding of thetaught subjects. Moreover, a laboratory session introduces the student to theuse of process simulators as tools for process design. 
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO