Special Report: Ultradeepwater will require less conservative flow assurance approaches

To improve the economics for developing deep and ultradeepwater projects, the oil and gas industry must develop less conservative flow assurance strategies and procedures. Long tiebacks to a tension-leg platform in shallower water are one option for developing deepwater resources (Fig. 1).Click here to enlarge imagenullFlow assurance is a critical, often defining, aspect of deepwater oil and gas production that affects a production system's concept selection, design, and operating strategy.Industry is increasing its awareness of the complexity of this effect and, over the last decade, has become better equipped with an extensive tool kit and a myriad of innovative technologies to tac...

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