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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Pipelines are widely used for the transport of oil and gas products under the sea, or over land. A variety of chemical compounds in these products can undergo physical and chemical changes which can result in problems ranging from the interruption in the flow of oil and gas through to catastrophic failure of infrastructure.  In this course, you will learn about general pipeline flow assurance and risks related to waxes, resins, asphaltenes, gas hydrates and scales. Chemical strategies for managing flow assurance are introduced and discussed. Flow assurance issues are put into practice in laboratory classes.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alan McCue

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Chemistry (CM) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

General aspects of pipeline flow assurance, phase diagrams, waxes, resins, gas hydrates, oilfield scales and their inhibition.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Science Laboratories during University weeks 31 - 32
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 28 - 29
  • 1 Lecture during University week30
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 27 - 29, 32 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1 two-hour examination (60%); continuous assessment (40%) - to be provided as laboratory report and either essay, oral or poster presentation (individual or group).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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