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Cold Transient Operations of Oil and Gas Production Systems

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Course Credit: 0.1 CEU, 1 PDH

Eight mechanisms have been identified, including two primary and six supportive mechanisms, which will allow for oil and gas production systems to be operate temporarily within the hydrate stable region without resulting in a hydrate blockage. While primary mechanisms address the physical interaction between hydrate particles and the supporting flow system and production fluids, supportive mechanisms limit the amount of hydrate that can be formed in the system. Although some mechanisms are mutually exclusive, other combinations of mechanisms are generally synergistic, and can further decrease operational risk when transitioning from cold to warm conditions. Although hydrate formation may occur in many of the mechanisms, a hydrate blockage does not result for a certain period of time so that a transient production system eventually removes hydrate without hindrance to flow.

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  • 1Cold Transient Operations of Oil and Gas Production Systems - Chapter 1
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Doug TurnerDoug Turner is the Principal Flow Assurance Engineer on Hydrate Management for ExxonMobil. He completed his Masters and PhD at the Colorado School of Mines Center for Hydrate Research in 2005. He has worked at ExxonMobil for 18 years, during which time he conducted extensive research studies on hydrate blockage formation, led development projects for Canada East offshore arctic fields, and supported numerous hydrate remediation activities globally. In today’s role, he acts as advisor to the company on hydrate management, with aspects of new hydrate technology development, hydrate strategy planning for new projects, remediation of worldwide hydrate issues, and mentoring of coworkers.