March was a great month for ESD, as we delivered more courses in Canada than in any other region, which was an exciting first for us. It also gave us the opportunity to visit cities on opposite ends of the country.
Husky Lloydminster Upgrader
With average March temperatures between 0 – 12oC, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan probably isn’t at the top of many people’s lists as a spring destination, but despite the cold, our trainers always enjoy running a course for this customer. The delegates are always friendly and interactive which makes for a successful and enjoyable course for all involved.
We delivered two of our most popular compressor courses at the Husky Lloydminster Upgrader site at the beginning of March. The two day Control Operation and Design of Reciprocating Gas Compressors course includes the principles of operation, how the design is adapted to a number of different configurations to meet various needs as well as strategies for providing a safe, efficient and effective means of boosting pressure of a gas stream in a number of applications.
The second course, Control & Operation of Centrifugal Gas Compressors, covers a variety of topics over three days, including compressor performance and selection, control strategies for capacity and surge protection and compressor operations.
Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
In mid-March, our trainer went to the beautiful east coast of Canada to deliver our Design & Operation of FPSOs course to CNLOPB in St John’s, Newfoundland. This city is full of colour and character and our trainer had a great time getting to know the delegates during this successful, three day course.
The FPSO course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the provision of an FPSO as the host facility for the development of an offshore oil and gas reserve. It is structured to provide an understanding of all of the main building blocks for the selection of the FPSO and its operations.
We also ran our Mechanical Aspects of Centrifugal Gas Compressors course at the National Grid Academy in Manchester, UK this month. We have delivered this course a number of times for National Grid and it always proves to be a great experience for both our trainers and the delegates. The mechanical centrifugal course explores in detail the construction and configuration of the centrifugal compressor to ensure the delegates are confident in their respective fields.
BC Oil & Gas Commission
At the end of March, we ran a customised Crude Oil Refining course for the BC Oil & Gas Commission in Kelowna BC, where our head office is located. This course was developed to satisfy the need for understanding the technical design and risk areas for a typical crude oil refining plant. The key objective of this course is to stress the safety and environmental risk areas surrounding crude oil refining and how those are mitigated with the technical design and strict procedures.
Overall, March was a busy month for ESD and we’d like to thank all of our customers for their continued support. We look forward to delivering more courses for them in the future.