Shear forces in oil and gas production cause droplet break-up and emulsification. Upstream the chokes, oil droplets exist in the millimeter size range, whereas downstream the chokes, the droplets are in the micrometer size range. Process plants with several treatment stages are required to handle the small droplets and tight emulsions, resulting high weight and large footprint.
The low shear approach:
Reducing the shear forces with low shear valves/pumps results in faster separation. The required water quality is reached several minutes before the same quality is obtained with conventional technologies. The use of low shear valves/pumps enable smaller separation systems, and can also reduce the number of produced water treatment stages, further reducing the size and weight of the process plant.
Typhonix valves/pumps benefits:
- More compact and cost-efficient separation systems
- Reduced CAPEX and OPEX
- Smaller separators
- Fewer separation- and PW handling stages
- Cleaner production
- Less use of chemicals
- Reduced heating requirements
- Reduced CO2 footprint
- Less hydrocarbons and chemicals discharged to the sea