Real-time process optimization aids oil production operation

Glyn Westlake MDC Technology Ltd. Middlesbrough, U.K. Wytch Farm, Dorset U.K., provides an example of how real-time process optimization (RTO) techniques benefit oil and gas production operations. The application of RTO to petrochemicals and refinery facilities has a long and well-documented history for maximizing returns from assets.1 2 Process optimization is a widely used tool throughout the process industry and essentially is applied in one of the following three forms (Fig. 1 [111,888 bytes]): 1. Off-line optimization for providing information for planning studies 2. Open-loop real-time optimization for advising operators 3. Closed-loop real-time optimization fo...

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