December 2019, Vol. 246, No. 12

Features

Manipulation of Multi-Phase Flow in Offshore Pipelines

By Simon Pedersen, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University   In recent years, offshore oil and gas production is facing an increasing challenge related to the multi-phase flow in the transportation pipelines; the pipelines transporting fluids from the reservoirs to the separation platforms. The typical configuration of this process can be observed in Figure 1, where the common separation units also are included.   The multi-phase flow issues are related to the decreasing reservoir pressure and increasing water cut in mature reservoirs. Sea water is typically injected into the reservoir to keep a decent reservoir pressure and hence also production rate, however, over the years

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