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Process and Flow Assurance
EPCONSULT has considerable experience in facilities definition and selection, equipment sizing, dynamic process simulation and flow assurance for oil and gas processing facilities and pipeline systems. These services are provided as specialist studies during conceptual engineering, FEED or detailed engineering.
The initial selection and sizing of facilities are carried out at the conceptual engineering stage in order to determine weights and capital/operating costs for optional development concepts.
EPCONSULT is particularly efficient in conducting process and flow assurance studies due to our in-depth understanding of the background theory, our vast experience in the oil and gas industry and our highly skilled team of process engineers .
Dynamic simulations provide powerful, detailed insights into process dynamics and plant behavior that can be used to improve the design, operability, safety, and productivity of processing facilities while minimizing capital and operational costs. Historically, these would have been performed during detailed engineering but are increasingly being recognized as lifecycle tools that can be highly valuable in assessing options and practicalities at concept selection as well as having an ongoing role to play in ensuring that performance remains at optimum levels.
EPCONSULT is highly skilled in the area of dynamic process simulation and makes use of the leading commercial software.
Dynamic simulation studies are particularly useful in evaluating:
Effective process performance requires the efficient operation of process equipment and their associated control systems.
Process control and advanced process control (APC) is an important aspect for the oil and gas industry, which faces the challenge of maximizing the profitability of process operations, while meeting safety, operating, and product quality constraints. EPCONSULT provides solutions in this area which include:
Flow Assurance Services
EPCONSULT offers consulting services and field trouble-shooting to help clients solve their flow assurance problems. Our services address a broad range of flow assurance services, including design and operations support through latest transient multiphase pipeline simulation tools, computational fluid and process dynamics analysis and thermodynamics modelling.
We provide the following flow assurance services:
Our analytical capabilities include steady-state flow, transient and multiphase flow using the latest simulation tools such as OLGA2000 and Pipesim2000.
EPCONSULT worked with Total E&P in conceptual development of a subsea flowline system tying into an existing gas export pipeline for the Carina Development Project in Argentina.
EPCONSULT worked with Saipem and Dolphin Energy providing transient process simulation for the Dolphin sealines and the 380km 48" gas export pipeline.
Gas Hydrate Management
In offshore drilling and production operations, gas hydrates may cause major and potentially hazardous flow assurance problems. Typical areas of concern are the multiphase pipeline systems in deepwater, where the low seabed temperature and the high operating pressures increase the potential of blockage due to gas hydrates formation. The threat of gas hydrates can be reduced by careful attention in the early stages of projects.
EPCONSULT's key service areas for gas hydrate analysis comprise:
EPCONSULT offers a proven expertise on optimized process efficiency and gas hydrates management. We provide services in selecting cost effective solutions that minimize the risks associated with hydrates in pipelines and production systems.
EPCONSULT also provides a variety of services in field development concepts for natural gas hydrate accumulations and dry hydrate bulk transport systems.
Heavy Oils Recovery
Heavy oil reserves are located in many countries, with an estimated total resource of 8 trillion barrel in place. The recovery of heavy oil deposits represents one the most important challenges for the oil industry.
EPCONSULT worked with Chevron Europe and offered theoretical input to conceptual selection criteria for heavy oil developments.
EPCONSULT offers a variety of services in both heavy oil field development concepts and upgrading processes. Our innovative approach takes the following form in an iterative approach:
Please contact us for a discussion of how we may be able to help you with any aspect of your process and flow assurance activities.
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