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MAS308 Gas Technology

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

The course is aimed to provide participants with a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the natural gas industry. It covers a variety of subtopics, for instance, the production, processing, storage, transport, and energy conversion of natural gas. Also, the course provides a comprehensive knowledge of biogas. There is a strong emphasis on environment and safety concerns.

Course content:

  • An overview of the Norwegian gas industry (production, pipelines, gas plants, export)
  • An introduction to conventional and shale gas (history, origin, terminology)
  • Production of natural gas (geology, fields exploration, drilling)
  • Processing of natural gas condition and processing (separation, dehydration, sweetening, condensate removal)
  • Natural gas compression and liquefaction
  • Natural gas thermodynamics and energy conversion (multiphase flow, gasses mixture, gas properties, compressibility, Joule-Thomson effect)
  • Introduction to Biogas, syngas and hydrogen
  • Introduction to turbo machinery (pumping, compression, expansion)
  • Natural gas safety and environment

Learning Outcome

The course will provide students with comprehensive knowledge about the natural gas industry from well to market and an introduction to biogas production. On completion of the course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • have a good understanding of the Norwegian gas industry including gas plants, terminals and pipelines,
  • be able to understand the essential features of natural gas and biogas production,
  • be able to describe the basic principles of natural gas processing,


  • be able to explain a typical natural gas processing plant,
  • be able to evaluate the associated water content in natural gas using thermodynamic charts,
  • can predict and evaluate hydrate formation in natural gas pipes and processes,


  • can discuss the importance of natural gas and biogas to the environment,
  • can use thermodynamic charts to solve problems,
  • is able to analyse and solve a variety of problems related to the subject, independently and in groups,

Entry requirements

No prerequisite

Recommended previous knowledge

Thermodynamics and chemistry

Teaching methods

Conventional lectures, interactive tutorials, self-study, media to motivate and help students retain knowledge

Compulsory learning activities



  1. Group project report, accounts for 60 % of the final grade.
  2. Oral Examination, accounts for 40 % of the final grade.

The grades for the two assessed elements are converted to integer values which are weighted and combined: this is used to produce the course grade.

Grade scale A-F, where F is a fail. Both elements must be passed in order to pass the course and obtain a final grade.

The students, in their groups, will submit a report and this report will be given a grade letter (all students get the same grade). The oral examination will consist of a group presentation plus individually directed questions (in the presence of group peers); this will be graded on an individual student basis. The presentation is based on the report, but if there is an individual task in the report this will be presented on an individual basis. More generally, questions can cover the learning outcomes of the course as well as the course work.

Examination support material

No aids, however, the examiner may allow elucidating ideas and clarifying concepts using sketches.

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • MAS104 - Gassteknologi og termiske maskiner - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • TVM040 - Gassteknologi - Reduction: 5 studypoints