PFC: Upgrading Crude Oil Separators & Systems for Mature Oil Fields

Speaker: Graeme Smith
Speaker Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith is a process engineer with 8 years experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. He has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (with Honors) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.  Graeme spent 5 years in the UK working in engineering consultancy on asset integrity projects as well as FEED ...

Graeme Smith is a process engineer with 8 years experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. He has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (with Honors) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. 


Graeme spent 5 years in the UK working in engineering consultancy on asset integrity projects as well as FEED through detail design and construction of a new upstream oil and gas facility in the North Sea.


For the last 3 years Graeme has been with Maxoil, working on a variety of separation and produced water troubleshooting and optimization projects for facilities located in the GoM, Alaska, Nigeria, Algeria, Middle East, Mexico and SE Asia.  Projects have extensively looked at optimization of existing equipment through process modelling, site surveys, fluids and solids characterization and the use of process diagnostics.

Full Description

The presentation considers original end of field life design constraints on crude oil separators and in a logical progression illustrates how hidden capacity in a separator can be identified and used to upgrade the separator, both by maximizing the use of available volume in the separator and also by the use of upgraded process internals.

The presentation also describes the methods available for installing upgraded internals covering clamp type internals through to full vessel modification including fitting of new process nozzles.

Aspects including mechanical design evaluation, HSE compliance requirements and chemical treatment considerations are also covered.

Summary and Conclusions 

  • For crude oil separators, associated equipment and systems the late life field operation design case (usually maximum produced water production) is constrained by the economics of initial facility development budgets

  • Once this design point is reached achieving both produced water flow rate and quality (oil-in-water content) requires upgrade of the separators and equipment

  • Additionally, tie-ins of satellite fields can require upgrade of crude oil separators and associated equipment and systems

  • This presentation has demonstrated a logical approach to investigating available capacity once original design point has been reached

  • Whilst this presentation has focused on crude oil separator upgrades for handling late life field production it must be remembered that such upgrades have to take a holistic perspective and consider the complete crude oil, hydrocarbon gas and produced water processing system requirements. It is only by considering the complete production facilities that successful late field life production can be correctly designed for resulting in the maximising of hydrocarbon production and recovery.

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Organizer Brad Nelson

Phone: 832-230-8246


Email:bnelson@maxoilsolutions.com

When?

Wed, Jan. 14, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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SPEGCS Global Training Center
10777 Westheimer, Suite 1075
Houston, Texas 77042
United States

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