Electrical Engineering for Practitioners in the Oil and Gas Industry

Calgary, AB / les 30 mars - 1 avril 2021 /
Code : 11-0301-2386

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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Focus on the principles of electrical engineering design methods specific to the oil and gas industry
  • Interpret and apply relevant sections of the Canadian Electrical Code
  • Gain insights on how to improve the efficiency of electrical equipment
  • Apply your understanding of grounding issues relevant to the oil and gas industry

This course is focused on basic electrical engineering concepts and is designed to promote integration of engineering disciplines in the oil & gas industry and to introduce electrical engineering concepts to oil and gas practitioners.

You will study basic electrical engineering design concepts such as fault calculations and protective equipment coordination and become familiar with the electrical single line diagram, area classification concepts, grounding and bonding issues. You will learn how to identify possible areas of vulnerability in your electrical system, how to mitigate the risks to your electrical systems and how to improve the bottom line of your business.

Course Outline

  • Area classifications, standards & practices
  • Short circuit studies for equipment & relaying
  • Grounding
  • Load analysis
  • Plant utility interface
  • Protective devices & relay settings
  • Motor protection
  • Surge voltage protection
  • Application areas in Petro Chem industry
  • Energy management & efficiencies

Who Should Attend
Those involved in the oil and gas industry, including:
Electrical Engineers • Project Engineers & Managers • Operations Engineers • Design Engineers • Technicians & Technologists • Facility Engineers • Engineering Consultants

voir le programme complet


Daily Schedule:
8:00 Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to refreshment and networking breaks during the morning and afternoon.

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Basic Concepts

  • Safety issues
  • Electrical engineering design concepts – The rules of the road
  • Codes and standards
  • Safety and maintenance considerations
  • Design considerations
  • Power quality considerations
  • Distribution voltages
  • Distribution types
  • Substation bus arrangements
  • Review of a conceptual single line diagram

Area Classification, Standards and Practices

  • Definitions – relevant to the oil and gas industry
  • Canadian Electrical Code Hazardous Area Requirements
  • Equipment selection
  • Recommended process industry practices and guides

Short Circuit Studies for Equipment Rating and Relaying

  • Applicable standards
  • Method of calculations
  • System and equipment data
  • An example using hand calculations
  • Protective system coordination – concepts and examples

Day II


  • Grounding for safety
  • Grounding for equipment operation
  • Code requirements
  • Arc Flash Hazard
  • Mitigation methods
  • System Neutral Grounding
  • Ungrounded
  • High resistance
  • Low resistance
  • Solidly grounded systems
  • Cable insulation and system grounding
  • Generator neutral grounding
  • Grounding electrodes, ground grids and grounding of substations

Load Analysis

  • Importance of load flow
  • Voltage drop considerations
  • Voltage instability
  • Loss of a source
  • Effect of current limiting reactors
  • Optimization of load flow

Plant Utility Interface

  • Cogeneration
  • Coordination and protection requirements
  • Metering
  • Automatic power source transfer

Protective Devices and Relay Setting

  • Protection and co-ordination principles
  • Feeder and bus protection
  • Protection of medium voltage motors
  • Transformer protection
  • Generator protection

Motor Protection

  • Combination starters
  • Relay settings and co-ordination curves


Surge Voltage Protection

  • Nature of lightening and switching surges
  • Insulation withstand Characteristics
  • Arrestor selection and application of TVSS

Application Areas in Petro Chem Industry

  • ANSI vs IEC
  • Electrical heat tracing and IEEE 515
  • Variable speed drives
  • Offshore production facilities
  • Drilling ships and platforms
  • Compressor stations, large motors, drives and substations

Risk Management

  • Identify possible areas of vulnerability to your electrical system
  • Mitigate risks to your business

Energy Management and Efficiencies

  • Maintenance to maximize profitability
  • Finding energy conservation opportunities
  • Demand control and peak shaving
  • Application of capacitors
  • Power factor correction
  • Harmonics and resonances
  • IEEE 519 and mitigation of harmonics


Ajit Bapat, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA

Ajit is well known in the electrical distribution field for his 40 years of expertise in the art and science of ground fault protection.

He holds Master's degrees in business administration and electrical engineering, specializing in power systems and power system protection. He has particular interest in ground fault protection; digital metering systems; microprocessor based integrated systems for protection; and the metering, monitoring, and control of power distribution systems. A member of Professional Engineers Ontario, he is also a senior life member of the IEEE.


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