A New Flow Assurance Strategy for the Vega Asset: Managing Hydrate and Integrity Risks on a Long Multiphase Flowline of a Norwegian Subsea Asset
- Stephan Hatscher (Wintershall Norge AS) | Luis Ugueto (Wintershall Norge AS)
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- SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition, 3-6 September, Aberdeen, UK
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- 2019. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- flow assurance, subsea tie-back, hydrate management, integrity management
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The Vega subsea field in Norway has been producing successfully using a continuous Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) injection, topped up with corrosion inhibition means. A topside reclamation process allows re-use of MEG, however, limits the possibilities to produce saline water. In order to manage wells producing saline formation water and to increase ultimate recovery, a new flow assurance and integrity philosophy without continuous MEG injection is considered. This paper describes the options on hydrate as well as integrity management and the modifications both on the subsea and topside facilities required to enable an operational philosophy change. This change of the operational philosophy appears feasible, using either timely depressurization or Low Dosage Hydrate Inhibitors (LDHI) as well as a film building corrosion inhibitor in the system.
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