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Handling Sands Issues in the Upstream Oil & Gas Production - Malaysia

Date From: 12 April 2016
Location: Malaysia
Description: Evening meeting in Kuala Lumpur, with presentation by Ir. Dr. John Eow (EDES Technology Sdn Bhd), organised by IChemE's Oil and Natural Gas Special Interest Group in Malaysia.
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: University of Nottingham Teaching Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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An evening event with technical presentation by Ir. Dr. John Eow (EDES Technology Sdn Bhd), and time for networking over refreshments. Registration from 18:00; the event will commence at 18:30 and close at 20:30.

This event is open to all. To encourage more participants and members, attendance at the event is free of charge and open to all. Bring along your colleagues working in the upstream oil and gas industry in Malaysia, and introduce them to the Oil & Natural Gas Special Interest Group (SONG) and to IChemE.

Advance booking is essential. Register now >>


The presence of sands and solids in the wellhead production lines are likely to cause erosion and blockage issues in all the subsequent downstream equipment at oil & gas production platforms. As a consequence, dangerous incidents, such as flowline failures, production vessel failures and control valve failures, have a higher risk of occurring. Moreover, oil-coated sands discharged back into the sea is also an environmental concern.

This talk aims to highlight and discuss the technologies for the removal and cleaning of the sands and solids prior to discharge. Proven sand removal technologies, such as wellhead desanders, produced water desanding hydrocyclones, sand fluidisers, and sand cleaning systems are commonly used in the upstream oil & gas production platform. However, these sand removal and cleaning systems need to be designed and operated correctly to ensure optimised separation performance.


Ir. Dr. John Eow is a chartered chemical engineer and MIChemE. He is also a Professional Engineer with a Practicing Certificate, registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

He obtained his PhD (in electrostatic water-oil separation) from the UK, and is presently a general manager with EDES Technology Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian technology, engineering and EPCC company with businesses in the oil & gas industry.

Having spent many years in multinational companies, and having worked in the UK, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia, John has worked and learned under a number of gurus in the oil & gas industry. John is well-versed in the oil & gas processes and production technologies, such as produced water treatment, sand separation & management, crude oil treatment, and gas processing for the upstream oil & gas Industry. He also has the opportunity in working from proposal stage to commissioning stage to production troubleshooting for projects in the oil & gas industry. He is also a technical trainer and consultant to major oil & gas customers.


The event will take place at the
University of Nottingham Teaching Centre,
Level 2, Chulan Tower,
No 3 Jalan Conlay,
Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia.
Map and directions >>


IChemE gratefully acknowledges:

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham's sponsorship of SONG events through provision of its venue facilities free of charge. 

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MMI Engineering, for sponsoring the refreshments at this event.


This event is free of charge and open to all. Advance booking is essential.
Register now >>

Get involved

Would you like to give a talk at a SONG event in Kuala Lumpur, or online to a wider audience of chemical engineers in the Asia Pacific region? We'd like to hear from you. Please contact Robert Bruce or specialinterestgroups@icheme.org with details about yourself and your proposed presentation. 

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