Managing Waxy Crude Production in Deep Water | Schlumberger
Industry Article
Location
North America, Offshore
Byline
Chris Alderson and Sitham Suppiah, Murphy; Abul Jamaluddin, Schlumberger
Publication
E&P
Publication Date
11/1/2010
Products Used

Managing Waxy Crude Production in Deep Water Increases Production

The ability to predict with accuracy whether a well will experience flow assurance issues is a valuable asset. Operators that can do it save in two ways.

 

Murphy wanted to evaluate whether the subsea flowline carrying waxy fluid would gel up and what restart pressures would be needed if the flowline shutdown became protracted. Chemical suppliers had proposed a variety of inhibition treatments. One recommended continuous dosing with a pour-point depressant to forestall gelling. Murphy asked Schlumberger to make an independent assessment of the situation to see if a reliable prediction formula could be developed.

Managing waxy crude production in deep water increases production

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