Flow assurance is a challenging, multi-disciplinary science that requires knowledge of fluid hydraulics, heat and mass transfer, separations, and reaction kinetics—often with limited fluid information—as well as dealing with each in a transient/dynamic state that can change rapidly. To address each of these challenges, AFS provides expertise in each of the following areas of flow assurance:
AFS believes the key to any flow assurance development is a keen understanding of the fluid properties. Or more often, an understanding of the uncertainties associated with available information, as well as the flexibility to incorporate changes in the fluid properties within the system design. AFS prides itself on its production chemistry background, which forms the foundation upon which key project decisions are made.
- Laboratory testing specifications, interpretation, QA/QC
- Chemical inhibitor selection
As offshore and onshore projects increase in complexity, understanding the system fluid flow behavior is crucial to an appropriate life of field design. AFS has extensive knowledge in multiple fluid flow software packages which allow us to use the right tool to most accurately evaluate the thermal hydraulic behavior for a wide range of systems. Whether it is determining if a line size will be appropriate throughout the life of field, understanding the transient behavior in a system, or assessing the multiphase flow challenges that are likely to occur during specific operating scenarios, AFS can help.
- Multiphase flow
- Transient thermal/hydraulic simulations
- Integrated production modeling (assess impact on reserves)
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
As field developments get more and more complex, through either challenging environments or developments to existing infrastructure, a systems approach is essential to deliver a quality solution that will work when moving from engineering phase of a project into operations. Taken in isolation, production chemistry and flow assurance provide two key inputs to any given project—but without integration with other disciplines, their value is greatly diminished. Incorporating reservoir, flowline/pipeline, riser, facilities, material, and operational constraints—to deliver a total system—is where AFS provides value to our clients.
- Owner’s engineer
- Peer reviews / project audits
- Operating philosophy / guidelines
- Sub-surface through to facilities
- Chemical inhibitor programs