Downhole processing technology - PetroWiki

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The key operations needed are separation, injection, and pumping. A description of the technologies in each area suitable for downhole processing is provided below. The most common method of separating liquid (oil or water) and gas is by density difference. Because of the relatively large differences in density between liquids and gas, this separation is normally easier than oil/water separation, where the densities of the phases are much closer. In a conventional vessel, the force of gravity allows liquid droplets to settle from the gas within a designed residence time.