Flow assurance challenges production from deeper water

01/01/2001
One of the most critical challenges facing producers today is assuring oil and gas flow through complex and costly long subsea tiebacks.Potential impediments can include formation and deposition of hydrates, paraffins, scales, and asphaltenes in wells, flowlines, or production facilities, as well as corrosive constituents in the flow stream, which may damage equipment and tubulars.Producing wells on land and from fields in shallower water have similar problems, but in these cases, because of easier access, mechanical intervention and system changes are less costly. In deeper water, intervention costs increase and flow assurance becomes a significantly greater component in production econo...
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