Accelerated Production and Increased Recovery of Remote (Offshore) Mature Fields Through Novel Methods to Design and Operate Surface Production Facilities
- Rombout Swanborn (Renaissance Oil & Gas BV) | Rising Chidiadi Egwim (Shell Nigeria E&P Co)
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- Offshore Technology Conference
- Offshore Technology Conference, 2-5 May, Houston, Texas, USA
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- Conference Paper
- 2011. Offshore Technology Conference
- 7.1.6 Field development optimization and planning
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Today, the application of advanced (compact) processing technologies is becoming increasingly popular in de??bottlenecking the production of mature fields. Compact processing technologies have shown to provide powerful possibilities to efficiently treat the increasing water production, to prevent flaring of low pressure waste gas or to reduce the backpressure of the processing system. Their application can lead to an increase of reservoir recovery rates, accelerated production, lower CAPEX and OPEX figures and generally to improved HSE conditions. However, these applications have taken place rather component wise than system wise. Till now only a relatively small number of examples exist of processing facilities that fully consist of advanced, compact technologies. Two reasons explain why this has not happened on a larger scale: 1) process robustness (turn down, control characteristics under transient conditions etc.) of current equipment is generally considered insufficient and 2) technology characterization and qualification takes place generally under scaled down or non??realistic conditions and leaves considerable uncertainties with respect to performance to be expected under actual operation.
It will be shown in this article how the current drawbacks to a larger scale deployment of this emerging and promising technology have been tackled 1) by initiating the independent development and qualification of a number of processing components to fill the existing technology gaps and 2) by initiating the creation of a large scale high pressure three phase full hydrocarbon flow loop capable to simulate the conditions of most mature fields at actual scale.
To demonstrate the potential of compact processing facilities a project will be described, currently in preparation, that will de??bottleneck remote mature fields in the Niger Delta with miniaturized process systems.
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