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Flow Assurance is a technique applied to multiphase pipelines with a wide range of Liquid-gas ratios, from Wet-gas / gas-condensate pipelines to very low GOR crude oil flowlines, particularly in the definition of adequate procedures for operational changes such as start-ups, rampups, shutdowns and re-startups, etc.This discipline allows transient evaluation of (selected examples):


  • Glycol injection scheme to avoid hydrate formation during initial startup with surroundings still cold.

  • Evaluate optimal pipeline diameter to avoid flooding or generation of big slugs during a variety of operations.

  • Verification of capacity and control loops of existing Slug Catchers.

  • Slug generation during rampups. Maximum rampup speed (ramp / staggered) to prevent Slug Catcher flooding.

  • Alternatives for pigging procedures with limited slug catching capacity.

  • Packing, cooldown and hydrate risk after shutdown. Determination of "No-touch time" in order to perform a safe hot restart.

  • Hot restartup with packed line and flooded valleys.

  • If hydrate risk zone is entered, sequence for depressurization and cold restartup.

  • Other range of related results :

    • Corrosion studies (Conventional, Top Of Line).

    • Transient safety studies (e.g. evaluation of sudden depacking towards inlet separator).

    • High pourpoint pipelines. Design of thermal control schemes. Paraffin deposition analysis/prediction.


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