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...