GT-7569 Kinetic Hydrate Inhibitor Saves Operator Over 50% in Operational and Chemical Costs, Canada | SLB
Case Study
Location
Canada, North America, Onshore
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Challenge: Reduce the volume of chemicals required to treat hydrates and eliminate contamination of produced water and pipeline corrosion risk associated with methanol carryover into the amine plant.

Solution: Use the GT-7569 kinetic hydrate inhibitor to prevent hydrate formation, decrease methanol contamination in the amine system, and lower operational and chemical costs.

Results:

  • Optimized injection rates at 0.13 galUS/min [0.7 m3/d] without hydrate fermentation
  • Reduced produced water contamination by 100%
  • Lowered chemical and operational costs by more than 50%

GT-7569 Kinetic Hydrate Inhibitor Saves Operator Over 50% in Operational and Chemical Costs, Canada

Produced water contamination reduced by 100% and volume of treatment chemicals lowered by 80% in remote Alberta pipeline application

Decrease hydrate formation, produced water contamination, and corrosion risk

A gas pipeline in a remote area of Alberta was used to transport approximately 90,000 ft3/d [2,430 m3/d] of gas across difficult terrain to a remote amine plant. Produced water was introduced into the pipeline at various locations throughout the system, with the majority of produced water entering the pipeline after a compressor station.

The pipeline connecting the compressor station to the gas plant was treated with 1,057 galUS [4 m3] of methanol to prevent hydrate formation in the gas pipeline. Although methanol is effective at reducing hydrates, it contaminates the produced water, increases corrosion risk to the system, and adds to the operational costs. The customer had previously tried reducing the volume of methanol entering the pipeline, but this resulted in an increase in the formation of hydrates.

Eliminate hydrate formation with GT-7569 hydrate inhibitor

To help the customer mitigate hydrate formation, Schlumberger recommended a hydrate inhibitor program using GT-7569 kinetic hydrate inhibitor. Initial application of GT-7569 inhibitor commenced at 0.28 galUS/min [1.5 m3/d], or approximately 40% of the methanol injection rate. The pipeline from the compressor station to the gas plant was pigged twice a week and the pig returns checked for the presence of hydrate crystals.

The pressure on the inlet of the gas plant was also monitored because a pressure decrease was known to indicate hydrate formation. Optimization of the GT-7569 hydrate inhibitor injection rate continued without hydrate formation. Analysis of the produced water during the optimization trial confirmed reduction in contaminant levels.

Resolve concerns of produced water contamination and corrosion

Following approximately 6 days between the first and second pig run, when no hydrate crystals were found, GT-7569 hydrate inhibitor injection rate was reduced to 0.18 galUS/min [1 m3/d]. This rate was then maintained for two pigging cycles (12 days) while the operator monitored the pig returns and line pressure. After 12 days, the rate was reduced further to deliver an optimal injection rate that was determined to be 0.13 galUS/min, the rate at which hydrate formation, inlet pressure reduction at the gas plant, and produced water contamination were eliminated.

The volume of chemicals required to treat hydrates was reduced by more than 80% and the contamination of produced water by 100%. Operational costs were lowered by more than 50%.Operational costs have been reduced by over 50% since the implementation of the kinetic hydrate inhibitor program. Contamination of the reflux water has been eliminated and corrosion concerns associated with methanol carryover into the amine plant have been resolved. The program has been optimized from an initial injection rate of 1,500 liters per day to 700 liters per day. The volume of chemical required to prevent hydrates have been reduced by over 80%.

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