Accurate fluid characterization, process optimization boosts crude production

A simple procedure accurately characterizes reservoir fluids for designing oil and gas production facilities without significant compromise.The procedure involves defining a small number of pseudocomponents in order to simplify the design. The characterization also matches the fluid properties reported in pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) analyses such as the reservoir fluid GOR and the liquid and gas density at reported flash conditions.Once a good match has been achieved, the facility design can proceed with an accurate process simulation and optimization. This procedure avoids start-up and operating problems, boosts oil production, and significantly increases plant revenue as shown by ...

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