SINTEF Industry Multiphase Transport and Flow Assurance
Multiphase transport and flow assurance
SINTEF has been a key research partner ever since oil and gas exploitation began on the Norwegian shelf 50 years ago. We have expertise across the entire value chain, from exploration to production and the storage of CO2. We perform research, development and consultancy for industrial challenges on multiphase flows and flow assurance. To ensure safe and economical oil and gas transport from the reservoir to point of sale, we validate technology by combining experimental work in different scales with model development and numerical simulation.
Hydrate Management - New understanding of hydrate phenomena in oil systems to enable safe operation within the hydrate zone
For the O&G industry, risk-based hydrate management can be a viable strategy for significantly widening the operational window. The traditional approach has been to avoid entering the hydrate region (high pressure and low temperature) altogether by temperature control (insulation and heating), chemicals (methanol and glycols) and pressure control. Although ensuring safe operations these remedies are costly for longer and colder transport conditions and not necessarily environmentally sound. This project will help meet demands of marginal field developments by advancing the new fundamental knowledge of gas hydrate properties and develop methods for risk assessment, minimize environmental impact and cost-effective hydrate management.
Enabling non-disruptive production conditions - slug flow with surfactants
The project goal is to enable non-disruptive production conditions in relation to slug flow with realistic fluid chemistry through pragmatic model developments. The project will concentrate our research on gas entrainment and surface chemistry effects, since our hypotheses leads us to believe that these factors are critical to accurately characterize slug flow in real applications with regards to slug length and frequency. The experimental part of the research will be carried out in a series of experiments at the medium scale flow loop at SINTEFs Multiphase flow laboratory at Tiller (Trondheim).
ACCURATE multiphase flow predictions for long tiebacks and subsea developments
This project aimed to close the most critical knowledge gaps associated with accurate modelling of multiphase flow. An important basis for the work has been the utilization of new data for three-phase flow generated in the multiphase laboratories at SINTEF and at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE).
Simulation model may reduce the climate footprint of oil production
Future offshore oil and gas fields are most likely to be “satellite developments” that are less expensive and emit less greenhouse gases than other fields because they do not require new production platforms. An innovative Norwegian computational tool called “Slug Capturing 2” is now enabling the design of longer pipelines that will allow many more fields to be developed as satellites.
Lab results could improve offshore production economics
Norwegian laboratory tests show that gas wells can continue to be productive longer than we predicted, before they need expensive “anti-ageing” support.
Groundbreaking Industrial Project in the Multiphase Flow Laboratories at SINTEF og IFE
SINTEF Petroleum Research and Institutt for Energiteknikk (IFE) have entered into agreement with seven companies on a new and exciting data collection project. The recently upgraded laboratories at Tiller and Kjeller now go directly into industrial use.
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