A Multiphase Choke Temperature Model for High-Pressure Gas/Water/Glycol Mixtures

Jia, Wenlong (Southwest Petroleum University) | Yang, Fan (Southwest Petroleum University) | Mu, JunCheng (Kongsberg Gigital AS) | Cheng, Tingting (Southwest Petroleum University) | Li, Changjun (Southwest Petroleum University) | Zhang, Qi (Deepwater Engineering & Construction Center CNOOC China Ltd.-Shenzhen Branch)



Co-existence of gas, water and glycol is commonly in produced fluids of high-pressure gas wells due to formation water production and hydrate inhibitor injection. The interaction between the polar water and glycol molecules can affect the phase behavior and subsequent temperature change during gas flowing through chokes at wellheads. This paper presents an isenthalpic flash method based on the cubic-plus-association equation of state (CPA EOS) to calculate the temperature at the downstream of the choke. In comparison with the traditional isenthalpic flash algorithm, this new method accounts for the self- and cross-association between polar water and glycol molecules, yielding more accurate enthalpy calculation results for fluid containing water and glycol as well as choke temperatures. The proposed model is validated with field test data. Results demonstrate that the average absolute deviations between the measured and calculated temperatures at downstream of chokes based on the proposed method are less than 1.6°C even for vapor-liquid-aqueous three-phase mixtures at pressures up to 100 MPa. Results yield from the proposed method are more accurate than those calculated from the SRK EOS combining with the Peneloux volume shift method and the Huron-Vidal mixing rule.