24 / 365
Heavy crude oil dewatering
with high g-force centrifugal
separators from GEA
With GEA centrifuges you can successfully
handle the small density difference between
heavy crude oil and water with simultaneous
separation of fine solids from the oil – and no
shutdowns are required.
Since May 2017, GEA has had two package units
in 24 / 365 commercial operation, each with four
separators and a capacity of over 60,000+ BPD.
The centrifuges are processing heavy crude oil
with an API gravity of 16 and a water content
of up to 40 by volume. The BS&W content of
the treated crude oil is < 0.5 %.
Unconventional oil needs unconventionally
good treatment. Make the most of it with
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What does this mean for my reservoir planning? Do I have the basic
data to run virtual flow meters to allocate well production? Could the
onset of damaging acid gas or scale be avoided?
By re-thinking the challenges that have inhibited the growth of
multi-phase data for the production optimization market, equipment
manufacturers have developed technology and global solutions that
provide confidence at the wellhead, delivering data with reliability,
repeatability, and accuracy.
In contrast to traditional meters, a new type of carbon fiber multi-phase meters require minimal manpower, lower capital expenditure,
and almost zero operational expenditure, with five-year lifecycle meter
costs that are on average 20% of traditional multi-phase flowmeter
costs. At the same time, this new metering technology delivers directly
measured, constant data on water cut and gas fraction with certainty
regarding accuracy and repeatability.
The proven reliability of this technology facilitates a shift in the
traditional engagement. Moreover, by providing this information in
a packaged, discreet, and highly valuable data set, there can now be
a shift in focus: moving dialogue and engagement within the multi-phase market away from the meter, and onto the impact of accurate
and reliable data to redefine upstream operations.
The offshore industry cannot easily reinvent its infrastructure.
Consequently, a key objective is to optimize existing production and
bring in new reserves at a lower cost. Across most process industries,
getting more out of what exists is a game of improving control.
Lord Kelvin’s words 134 years ago ring as true now: “When you can
measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you
know something about it. When you cannot express it in numbers,
your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.” Data with
reliability, repeatability, and accuracy does not have to to be a challenge that spans generations.
Measurement technologies and systems that enable accuracy, repeatability and reliability are vital to meet offshore’s ability to remain
competitive in a world of resource abundance. However, to provide
the actionable insights, offshore needs will first take trustworthy data
at the wellhead. •
Giles Edward is CEO of M-Flow.
Multi-phase meter field package.