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 aims to close the most critical knowledge gaps associated with accurate modeling of multiphase flow. An important basis for this work is the utilization of new data for three-phase flow generated in the multiphase laboratories at SINTEF and at the Department of Energy Technology (IFE).
DeFACTO - Demonstration of Flow Assurance for CO2 Transport Operations
DeFACTO will enable and improve large-scale CO2 transport and injection by enhancing understanding of CO2 pipes and injection wells.
Scalability and Uncertainty Modeling in Multiphase Production
The project covers two important and unresolved topics in multiphase flows; scaling and uncertainty. Cooperation between SINTEF, IFE and NTNU will provide a new combination of competence for increasing the confidence in multiphase flow modelling, looking more thoroughly into these topics. Scaling and uncertainty have been in focus in internal projects in the institutes individually, and it is the first time they are put together in a larger context.
LORCENIS – Long Lasting Reinforced Concrete for Energy Infrastructure under Severe Operating Conditions
The main goal of the LORCENIS project is to develop long lasting reinforced concrete for energy infrastructures under extreme operating conditions.
Multiflow JIP: Generating the largest industrial 3-phase pipe flow database
SINTEF 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.
ACS: Always-clean Cooling System
EMPIG, in cooperation with Kværner, will develop an always-clean cooling system (ACS). Through multidisciplinary competence at SINTEF, and a close collaboration with Kværner, that will manufacture and assemble the main parts of the ACS prototype, the aim of the project is to take the ACS-concept to a higher TRL level through prototype testing.