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Reassessment of Multiphase Pumps for Marginal-Field Development

Topics: Offshore

This paper focuses on the applicability of subsea-processing technology (SPT) using multiphase pumps (MPPs) to develop marginal fields commercially. A technology selection consisted of a comparison of performances of several SPTs for effective development of marginal fields and was evaluated further with an analytical hierarchical process, resulting in the most effective innovative SPT for marginal-field development. The findings of this process were validated further in their applications to real fields, reflected in specific field-case simulation studies.

Introduction

Most of the world’s exploration-and-production companies have a significant number of unconventional and remote fields in their portfolios. Recent industrial effort has been focused on the accelerated development of SPT. One of the innovative solutions is the handling and treatment of produced oil and gas at or below the seabed for transport to topside facilities, to mitigate flow-assurance issues.

Some of the notable benefits of subsea processing include mitigation of hydrate formation and management of pressure-related issues resulting from the production of heavy oil, increase in wellhead pressure, and increased hydrocarbon production from fields with low pressure profiles. In ultradeepwater and deepwater fields, subsea processing is the most effective solution because such fields are beyond human intervention (divers), and it is used to boost hydrocarbon production from green fields or brownfields, reducing production cost and the need for topside processing.

This paper explores subsea processing in the development of offshore fields. From the concept selection, an optimal or near-optimal solution of SPT was then applied to an offshore-field development. The application of the optimal solution is simulated with a transient-multiphase-flow dynamic-model program, and the production profiles obtained from the simulation are compared with the reservoir’s production profile. The present paper considers results presented on subsea MPPs as a possible solution to develop marginal offshore fields commercially.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 165587, “Reassessment of Multiphase Pumps in Field-Case Studies for Marginal Deepwater Field Developments,” by N. Abili, F. Kara, and I.J. Ohanyere, Cranfield University. This paper was peer reviewed and published in the February 2014 SPE Oil & Gas Facilities magazine, p. 56.
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Reassessment of Multiphase Pumps for Marginal-Field Development

01 August 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 8

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