The Role of Compression in Natural Gas Production (Postponed to Feb)
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Thu 6th Feb 2020
5:00pm for 5:30pm start 2 hours 20th Feb 2020 12:00 PM

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The Role of Compression in Natural Gas Production

Presented by Adrian Cowan, CPEng MIEAust


Compression plays an integral part in the production and transmission of natural gas. Natural gas compressors create the low-pressure environment required to stimulate natural gas production from wells in the upstream gathering system and facilitate the high pressures required to transport gas via pipelines. This talk explores deliverability of natural gas wells, their response to reducing bottom hole flowing pressure and the role of compression in maximizing production. An overview of the types, makes and models of compressors used in Australia will be provided along with an understanding of the principles governing their performance.

In natural gas gathering applications, maintaining the lowest possible suction pressure can provide a significant production advantage. As fields fluctuate and, over time, decline, compressor optimization should be done on a regular basis in order to minimize suction pressure, maximize throughput and maintain high levels of overall fleet utilization.


Adrian Cowan, CPEng MIEAust

Adrian Cowan is an engineer and Manager, Engineering Services for Detechtion Technologies in Australia. Responsible for driving economic return to producers of natural gas through his experience and knowledge of compression, Adrian holds relationships and customer service in high regards alongside technical accuracy.

Adrian began his oil and gas engineering career with a fast rising junior producer, Berkana Energy Corp. Splitting his time between the Calgary head office and Rimbey field office, Adrian was responsible for the daily operation of a selection of producing assets over a twelve-month period that saw Berkana double its daily production.

A move to Detechtion Technologies, specialists in compressor optimization, in 2008, allowed Adrian to feed his passion for high-powered machines garnered from racing go-karts through adolescence. Responsible for managing a client portfolio with compressors fleets from 1 to 350, Adrian excelled in his role and moved to Brisbane, Australia in 2010 to open the Australian office for Detechtion Technologies as Operations Manager.

Adrian is a certified instructor of Detechtion’s Reciprocating and Rotary Compressor courses. In his spare time, he enjoys indulging in his triathlon pursuits and spending time with his young family.

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The Tattersall's Club

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