From field experience, it is known that some oil pipelines are easily plugged by gas hydrates while others are transportable. This is commonly accepted to be due to naturally occurring polar components in the crude oils. A main goal is to combine the increased resolution of mass spectrometry and advanced multivariate data analysis, block chain and machine learning to identify the hydrate-active components in crude oils.
Hydrate properties in terms of plugging risk and transport properties will be measured for a number of crude oil systems, and extraction of hydrates for analysis will be done at SINTEF Multiphase Flow Laboratory. Prediction tools will be developed, relating the structure of possible hydrate active components to the hydrate properties