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Optimization of Control Loops and Operating Parameters for Three-Phase Separators Used in Oilfield Central Processing Facilities

Zhenfeng Li, Yaqiao Li*, Guangjun Wei
Anton Oilfield Services (Group), Ltd., Beijing, 100102, China
* Corresponding Author: Yaqiao Li. Email:
(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Advanced Oil and Gas Transportation and Treatment Technologies)

Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing 2023, 19(3), 635-649. https://doi.org/10.32604/fdmp.2022.020633

Received 04 December 2021; Accepted 12 January 2022; Issue published 29 September 2022

Abstract

In this study, the Stokes formula is used to analyze the separation effect of three-phase separators used in a Oilfield Central Processing Facility. The considered main influencing factors include (but are not limited to) the typical size of oil and water droplets, the residence time and temperature of fluid and the dosage of demulsifier. Using the “Specification for Oil and Gas Separators” as a basis, the control loops and operating parameters of each separator are optimized Considering the Halfaya Oilfield as a testbed, it is shown that the proposed approach can lead to good results in the production stage.

Keywords

Distributed control system (DCS); three-phase separator; control loop; operating parameter

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Li, Z., Li, Y., Wei, G. (2023). Optimization of Control Loops and Operating Parameters for Three-Phase Separators Used in Oilfield Central Processing Facilities. FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, 19(3), 635–649.



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