Hydrocarbons are trapped at great depths with pressure and temperature higher than surface conditions which would vary depending on reservoir properties. When the well is set on production, these hydrocarbons travel through the wellbore over reducing geothermal and formation pressure gradients. Hence, at shallower depths the temperature drops below the cloud point and sometimes, below pour point of crude thus creating an ambient temperature for the formation of wax and deposition of paraffin on the inner side of production tubing.
It has been observed that when hot fluid passes through a pipe which is covered by a continuously circulating hot water bath, the temperature difference of the fluid at surface outlet and sub-surface reservoir is reduced to a minimal value. This paper therefore proposes a practical application of such heat transfer within a wellbore for passively solving major industrial issues of paraffin depositions. The idea lies in minimizing the heat losses, which can be effectively done by insulating the inner side of the casing so that the annulus and fluid flowing within the tubing is isolated from exterior losses. According to the First law of Thermodynamics the fluid flowing within the tubing will experience reduction in thermal gradient. These loses can be compensated by injecting hotter brine through a pipe at the bottom of the annulus, which is isolated, using production packer. Further, circulating hot fluid in the annulus would result in isothermal heating of the fluid flowing through the tube which would minimize the heat loss across tubing, causing an increase in temperature of fluid at the surface above pour point. Several researchers have put forth heat transfer equations across the tubing's, annulus, insulator, casing, cement and the formation which can be used to calculate the overall heat transfer coefficient and thus, the amount of heat losses. Quartz sensors placed at the bottom of a wellbore would detect bottom borehole temperature based on which the injection temperature of fluid can be manipulated. The entire process can be automated by applying an artificial intelligent system which would monitor, control and respond. This method would increase the capex but would decrease the operating cost thus leading to an increase in the life of the well.
This paper covers the problem related to AC interferences on East West Gas Pipeline (EWPL) and the mitigation measures taken for reducing / eliminating the same. AC interference was observed in Hyderabad region due to AC EHV Transmission lines crossing EWPL, three phase transformers and Single wire earth return (SWER) single phase transformers in the vicinity of pipeline. AC PSP voltage up to 80 Volts were observed on pipeline during night hours for which various mitigation measures were taken to bring down in acceptable range. Similarly, there is possibility of high voltage surge at station facilities along the pipeline route due to vicinity of multiple structures, long pipeline length and having multiple conducting structures at MLV stations comprising of RTD's, die-electric isolators, impulse Tubing for power gas and associated power gas and control equipment. Surge travel to such system can result in equipment failures. Various proactive measures to mitigate such instances were adopted on pipeline system and are implemented successfully. This paper illustrates the extent of the risk of corrosion, surge impact due to AC interference / surge and gives insight to various methods deployed for minimizing these risks in simple and most economical way. It also highlights the need for collaboration and operational coordination between the pipeline operators and state electricity boards to resolve such issues mutually & in most effective manner.
Gupta, M K (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) | Sukanandan, J N (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) | Singh, V K (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) | Pawar, A S (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) | Deuri, BUDHIN (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd)
In an offshore field, mitigation of H2S from natural gas itself is a big challenge. A situation where high H2S present in well fluid increases the challenges several fold to sweet both processed oil and gas. In a wellhead platform/remote location where manual intervention requirement is minimal, conventional process has several limitation such as space availability, load on structure, frequent monitoring etc., hence may not be suitable for mitigation of H2S from processed gas and oil.
In this work, an approach is adopted for sweetening of sour gas and sour crude in an optimum way, keeping offshore constraints in mind and without usage of rotating equipment's. An integrated simulation model is developed in Aspen HYSYS process simulator wherein well fluid from well manifold is processed in three phase oil and gas separator. The gas liberated from the separator is first sweetened in adsorption columns considering three bed systems unlike general usage of two. The oil is sweetened in an envisaged stripper column utilizing sweet gas from adsorption column as stripping gas. In this work, a three bed adsorption column is envisaged wherein 1st two column in used for sweetening of gas liberated from separator which consists of around 7500ppm H2S. Sour oil from the separator which contains around 2000 ppm of dissolved H2S is processed in a stripper column for mitigation of H2S dissolved in the oil. Sweet gas liberated from 1st two column of adsorber bed is used as stripping gas for oil sweetening. H2S liberated from stripper column is routed to the 3rd column for sweetening. After this gas from all the adsorber column is combined and routed to process platform along with the sweet oil. Analysis reveals that, this scheme can sweeten altogether both oil and gas to the desired H2S level without the need of any rotating equipment's and must be a suitable for remote location.
A holistic approach was taken for sweetening of oil and gas without the need of any rotating equipment's, & any chemicals, unlike the conventional method and hence can be suitably adopted for an offshore environment or at remote location where requirement of manual intervention is bare minimum.
Melilo Junior, Angelo Celio (Petrobras) | Oliveira da Costa, Carlos Henrique (Petrobras) | Armani Delalibera, Carlos Alberto (Petrobras) | Schwingel Dias, Marco Antônio (Petrobras) | Palmeira de Oliveira, Thomaz Murrieta (Petrobras) | Pereira, Rafael Merenda (Petrobras)
The Libra Extend Well Test (EWT) project is composed of 2 satellite wells interconnected to an FPSO with an external Turret anchor. One well is the producer, with 6-inch service lines and 8-inch production line in lazy wave risers configuration. The other well is the injector, with two 6-inch gas flow lines also in lazy wave compliant configuration. In the project planning several actions were considered in order to guarantee the first oil date determined by the project, while the production unit (FPSO) was not available in the location and ready to pull-in campaign. One of these actions studied and later adopted was the prelaying operation of the flexible lines with floaters in the lazy wave configuration of the production line of the production well. Later on, similar studies were done considering the pre-laying of injection lines also. As this type of operation is not a track records at Petrobras for the ultra-deep water scenario, additional studies were necessary to ensure its feasibility and the safety execution. The objective of this article is to present the previous studies and the result achieved in the pre-laying operation of flexible line with floaters in the lazy wave configuration of the Libra EWT service line.
Foaming in absorber column for sour gas treatment using amine is a common problem which adversely affects column performance leading to reduction in sales and fuel-gas production and solvent loss. Mostly antifoam injection has been a common method to counter the foaming, large dosage and frequent dosing of antifoam many a times aggravates the problem. This study details an alternative technique based on pressure pulse mechanism to control foaming in one of ONGC's gas sweetening plants.
One of ONGC's amine based sour gas sweetening plants faced severe foaming problem frequently. The feed rate is 200 kscm/hr and absorber column operating pressure is 51 kg/cm2. The experiment utilizes the property of surface tension which fluctuates with change in pressure of the system leading to foam collapse. The experimental procedure involved varying the sour gas feed rate, thereby creating pressure pulse inside the absorber column. Differential pressure across the column which is an indicator of foaming tendency is then monitored and controlled within 1.0 kg/cm2 and recorded for establishing effectiveness of the method.
It is observed that by providing a number of cycles of pressure pulse in the absorber, the differential pressure stabilizes gradually which indicates collapse of foam. It shows that whenever there is increase in feed, expansion of bubble takes place which provides high interfacial liquid-vapour contact. On the other hand whenever there is decrease in feed rate, compression of bubble takes place which provides low interfacial liquid-vapour contact. Surface layer surrounding the bubbles in a foam acts as a membrane or skin that can stretch or relax in response to change in pressure and gives a mechanical shock which breaks the bubble. The increase of size ultimately leads to instability and break-up of the upper surface and releases the liquid holdup. Hence by using feed rate spikes, the pressure of the bubble is pulsed to higher levels and returned to substantially the original level. This cycle continues for a selected number of times so that this pressure pulse travels through the liquid and bubbles and affects its surface tension. This results into a transition phase which in very high energy level breaks the bubble and releases the gas and decreases the liquid hold up and controls the foaming phenomenon.
This paper will gives an insight into a novel methodology of mitigating foaming problem in a sour gas treating absorber just by varying the feed rates in a controlled manner. This technique eliminates the need for injecting antifoam agents which in turn will reduce the operating expenditure of the plant. Adverse impact on environment due to excessive use of antifoam agent is also minimized.
After years of development, qualification and engineering, subsea compression technology is now a proven solution to increase the recovery factor for offshore gas developments. The first subsea compression system was installed at the Aasgard field in the Norwegian Sea, which was started up successfully on the 17th. of September 2015. This project represents an important milestone for the oil and gas industry, as apart from representing the successful developments of new subsea processing technologies, subsea compression also proves itself a viable alternative field development option to oil and gas operators.
The experience from Aasgard enables tomorrow’s subsea compression solutions. The basis is increased field recovery by subsea compression. In addition it opens for wells stream and deep water applications, as well as CO2 EOR.
This paper aims to share Aker Solutions’ experience on Aasgard Subsea Compression project, from the design and the project execution phases up to the operational phase, highlighting the key learnings from more than 50 000 hours of successful subsea operation.
In addition, the paper will also describe the ongoing development activities to optimize the compression system delivered for Aasgard, with particular focus on increased field recovery and unit size and weight optimization without requiring qualification activities of new technologies. This new generation of subsea compression system will extend the applicability of this technology to a much wider range of fields and offshore regions.
Gupta, M K (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Sukanandan, J N (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Singh, V K (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Bansal, R (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Pawar, A S (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Deuri, Budhin (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.)
This paper discusses a case study of one of the onshore field of ONGC where while processing well fluid, frequent surge has been observed leading to shutdown of the SDVs creating severe operational problems and loss of production. It was imperative to find out the problematic wells/lines located in clusters which contribute for surge formation and mitigation approach with minimum modifications.
A transient complex network of sixty five wells flowing with a different lift mode such as intermittent gas lift, continuous gas lift etc were developed in a dynamic multiphase flow simulator OLGA. Time cycle of each well were introduced for intermittent lift wells. Simulation study reveals pulsating transient trends of liquid flow, pressure which was matched with the real time data of the plant and hence confirms the accuracy of the model. After verifying the results, different scenarios were created to determine the causes of surge formation. After finding the cause, a low cost approach was considered for surge mitigations.
An integrated rigorous simulation was carried out in OLGA, by feeding more than 12,000 data points to obtain model match. Several scenarios were also created such as optimization of lift gas quantity, optimization of elevation and size. Trend obtained after each scenario was pulsating behaviour and it matched with the real time data appearing in the SCADA system of the field. After rigorous simulation with each scenario, it was established that the cause of surge forming wells/pipelines. Once the root cause of surge has been confirmed then quantum of liquid generated due to surge was determined. Adequacy checks of the existing separators were carried out to estimate the handling capacity of the existing separators at prevalent operating condition. After adequacy check it was found that existing separators cannot handle the surge generated in that time interval leading to cross the high-high safety level, resulting closure of shut down valve (SDV). After establishment of root cause of the surge, a low cost solution with small modification in pipelines and control system/valves was adopted to arrest the surges. It was first of its kind simulation carried out for a huge network of wells/ pipelines by feeding more than 12,000 data to analyze the surge formation cause and capture its dynamism owing to wide array of suspected causes. This will help to address the challenges of efficiently reviewing the entire pipeline network while designing new well pad/GGS and will also help to arrest surge by adopting a low cost solution wherever such situation arises.
Barmer Hill Turbidites (BHT) are low permeability reservoirs in the Vijaya & Vandana field with an approximate in place reserve of a billion barrels. The field was discovered in 2004 with the discovery wells V-1 and V-2 respectively. Post drilling and completion these wells were tested without any stimulation technique, resulting in ~ 25 – 50 BOPD flow owing to tight nature of these formations. Subsequently the zones were hydraulically fractured and tested resulting in ~ 10 – 12 folds increase in the production rate of the oil. Also, the testing of multiple stacked reservoirs in these two wells further confirmed BHT-10 to be the most prolific zone in terms of commercial flow rates achievable. Apart from being tight formations, the low net to gross on reservoirs (<20%) further added to the challenges of devising a strategy to make these reservoirs flow at sustained commercial oil rates. Hence, when the field was taken for the next stage of a hydrocarbon field lifecycle i.e. the appraisal campaign, two very clear objectives were identified for achieving a successful appraisal campaign viz. hydraulically frac and test two of the existing wells in the field while aiming to connect the maximum available KH and ensure effective data acquisition through injection tests and temperature logs with an aim to calibrate the existing stress logs and eventually build a robust frac model.
The dynamic geo-mechanical parameters i.e. Young’s Modulus and Poisson’s Ration were calculated from the open hole sonic logs and were converted to static data using the lab measured value from the core tests. Stress logs generated from these static data points were used for the initial frac designing in the wells. During the execution phase of the frac campaign, at every opportunity available, injection tests were carried out and fall off data were acquired to estimate the closure pressures actually observed in these zones. Post acquiring the measured stress data, the earlier calculated stress logs were calibrated using these measured closure points (frac gradients) by incorporating the stress components due to strain factors (ɛmin & ɛmax) in both max and min direction of the principle stresses.
Post every data injection, temperature logs were also acquired. This gave a better control on frac height (hydraulic height) based on the cool downs observed on the temperature logs. This proved to be a very important data set in comparing the height predicted by the calibrated stress logs versus the height estimated from the temperature log cool downs. This step helped in gaining confidence on the model predictability. This also helped in real time frac design optimization and placement of perforation intervals for the main frac designs. Further, the entire model calibration exercise also helped in arriving at a porosity based leak off equation.
The paper endeavors to discuss in detail the entire workflow used during this appraisal campaign to arrive at a calibrated and a robust frac model whilst showcasing the journey taken from 50 BOPD to 500 BOPD in these tight oil sands to achieve ~ 10 fold production increase. Authors, further, emphasize on the importance of carrying out such data acquisitions during the appraisal phase of a field to gain better control on the models. This paper will also elaborate on the strategy deployed for these data acquisition to optimize the fracs in real time and to integrate different data sets for calibrating the geo-mechanical and frac simulation models.
Hazarika, Simanta (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) | Rathod, P. Ramulu (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) | Burla, Ravishankar (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) | Das, Gour Chandra (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) | Rao, Bkvrl (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) | Deuri, Budhin (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd)
Subsea flow lines in deep water are typically exposed to high pressure and low temperature conditions which can create problems due to formation of gas hydrate. The gas hydrate formed can plug the flow lines causing not only loss of production, but may also create severe safety and environmental hazard. Moreover, dissociation of these plugs may take weeks or even months. Assessment of the hydrate formation potential during both steady is therefore an essential part of field development studies.
The paper presents a case study of a gas field located in KG basin of India which was brought on production in 2018. The objective of the study was to assist the on-site team on issues related to hydrate inhibition during ongoing initial start-up operation and assess the arrival time of rich MEG in the onshore plant in view of turn down flow conditions during commissioning.
The study also demonstrates how the transient simulations helped to monitor progress, identify and respond quickly to address the challenges during initial start-up operation of the deepwater gas field in Indian east coast. It emphasizes the need for accurate estimation of rich MEG arrival time and the minimum required gas flow rate from the subsea wells to ensure timely return of rich MEG to the onshore plant in order to avoid disruption in hydrate inhibition in the subsea system.
Natural gas hydrate formation is a costly and challenging problem for the oil and gas industry. Prediction of hydrates have been carried out through rigorous and laborious solving of mathematical equations called equations of state (EOS) which give accurate results but require appropriate setup and time. Few examples of such equations of state currently used by industry benchmarked software tools include Peng-Robinson (PR), Cubic-Plus-Association (CPA), Soave-Redlich-Kwong (SRK) etc. which more or less provide us with an accurate hydrate stability curve i.e. a pressure-temperature profile for a given composition, which allows us to keep the pressures and temperatures (operating conditions) out of the hydrate stability zone.
Hydrate stability curves are a function of the composition of the fluid (gas) being produced. Compositional changes in the percentage of C1 to C7+ components of gas, would not only affect the specific gravity, but would also change the hydrate stability curve of the gas significantly.
Previous studies have been aimed at finding a quick and precise prediction method for hydrate formation, so as to make swift arrangements to counter any chance of flow assurance issue. Different empirical correlations have been developed on the basis of the composition of the gas being produced that take into consideration the pressure and predict the temperature of hydrate formation. Multiple data points, i.e. fluid compositions from different areas/fields are considered and correlations have been developed to fit the hydrate stability zones of these data points which were found through a more accurate equation of state. As the initial data sets for each correlation are different, the possibility of any two correlations giving the correct and same prediction is very low.
This paper gives an insight into how different empirical correlations like Hammershmidt, Motiee, Makogon, Towler and Mokhtab etc., that have already been derived can be used with better accuracy for a set of different fluid compositions and specific gravities. A sensitivity analysis is done on the performance of each correlation against the accurate hydrate curves found out through the software tool, using different available equations of state. The data points picked here are random and were not included in any data sets adopted for derivation of the correlation.
Furthermore, the mimicked hydrate curve from this new method is cast against the software simulated hydrate curve for a flow assurance steady state simulation study with two deepwater gas wells with different gas compositions. The results of the study suggest that the use of the imitated hydrate curve through analytical approach works well in predicting the hydrate stability zone. It would also not require any software proficiency, would give quick results and would cost a fraction compared to the state of the art simulators.