School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

Gas Processing and LNG Workshop

Further information

Workshop dates


The University of Western Australia
Perth Campus 
Computer Science Building
Computer Room 201
Parking: Fairway, Entrance 4



Due to student holidays, you can park for free in the yellow parking bays.


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UWA's Gas Processing and LNG workshops provide a deeper understanding of the technical aspects of natural gas and the processes used to deliver gas to the market. Participants will review the engineering principles used to understand the processing of natural gas, and explore associated applications of simulation to solve real problems. 

The workshop sessions will feature short lectures focusing on specific topics, along with hands-on simulation examples and problem solving sessions that use process flow-sheet simulation. 


Who should attend this professional development workshop?

  • Engineers
  • Scientists
  • Technicians
  • Technicians Managers

Participants are eligible for Continual Professional Development (CPD) points

About the workshop

The full workshop, which consists of two related courses, reviews the physical, chemical and engineering principles used to understand the processing of natural gas and its by-products, the principles and operation of refrigeration systems and liquefaction of natural gas to make LNG.

The workshop provides a general overview of gas processing and emphasises the design and operation of gas and LNG plants with  the link day involving refrigeration facilities.

Introduction to Natural Gas Processing

The following subjects are covered during the first two days: physical properties, phase equilibria and vapour liquid equilibrium calculations, water hydrocarbon systems, gas transport, acid gas treating/sweetening, dew point control and natural gas liquids recovery.  Day 3 is described below.

LNG Production

The third day will concentrate on refrigeration systems, which are commonly used in gas processing and LNG plants, starting with the basic principles and then moving into development of multi-stage refrigeration and mixed refrigerant units.

The final two days will investigate LNG, the basic principles of LNG plants and then examine the primary processes available and discuss  some typical operational problems which may arise. The course consists of short lectures focusing on specific topics followed by hands-on simulation examples and problem solving sessions using a process flowsheet simulation program.

The ?hands-on? computer  exercises will be related to each other so that the end result will be process models of gas processing facilities. Emphasis is placed on  the understanding of the underlying concepts and principles as well as the associated applications of simulation to solve real problems.

You may elect to attend the whole course, or the first three days, or the latter three days. As refrigeration is an important feature of  natural gas and LNG plants, the common day 3 will cover this content.

Workshop leaders

Eric May

Eric May

Eric May is the Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering at The University of Western Australia. Eric has been using his analytical understanding of the behaviour of gases and liquids to find ways of producing LNG more efficiently and safely for over a decade. His work spans the areas of phase behaviour, separations, fluid properties and flow assurance.

In 2012 Eric received the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year, in 2010 was awarded Western Australian Young Scientist of the Year.


Andrew Vieler

Andrew Vieler BSc, MSc (Chemical Engineering)

Andrew has been involved in the application of thermodynamics to process, and pipeline design using both steady-state and dynamic simulation for over thirty years. Andrew's vast experience covers natural gas, oil refining, petrochemicals, oil sands, dairy and food industries, along with many years of aqueous electrolyte chemistry and its associated processes.

He has developed and taught simulation and engineering courses in many countries. He has been involved in testing and development of many process simulation and engineering programs and pioneered the use of personal computers in engineering in Europe during the early 1980?s.

His specialties include development of large simulation models, development of customised simulation and engineering courses for  Petronas in Malaysia, training of users of process simulation tools and application of aqueous electrolyte models in many areas.

Workshop timetable

Introduction to Natural Gas Processing

Days 1-3, Monday-Wednesday

LNG Production

Days 3-5, Wednesday-Friday

Time Presentation
8.20am Registration, Welcome and Orientation
8.30am Session
10.30am Break
10.45am Session
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Session
3.30pm Break
3.45pm Session
5.30pm End

Day Subjects covered
Day One Fundamentals of natural gas
Physical properties
Phase equilibria
Gas transport
Day Two Gas dehydration
Acid gas and gas treating
Hydrocarbon dew point control
Day Three Fundamentals of refrigeration
Refrigeration cycles
Mixed refrigeration and multi-stage refrigeration
Day Four Basic principles and history of LNG
Cryogenic extraction of LPGs and LNGs
Overview of LNG processes
Day Five Basic LNG plant models
Operating problems and models

Fees and registration

Course description Date Fee (incl GST) Register
Full five day Gas Processing and LNG Production 16 July - 20 July 2018 $3000 Register
Introduction to Natural Gas Processing 16 July - 18 July 2018 $2100 Register
LNG Production 18 July - 20 July 2018 $2100 Register

Registration includes morning and afternoon refreshments; lunch; software download; and a soft and hard copy of the course material.

Packages discount

Our industry courses are intentionally flexible to cater for your professional development needs - a 10% discount will be applied if you elect to attend more than one course.

Payment and cancellation policy

Accepted payment method is Mastercard or Visa card only. A confirmation of your registration will be sent via email.

Refunds on cancellations will only be offered under special circumstances. 50% of the course fee will be refunded if cancellation notice is given two weeks prior to the event.


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