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Surface Production Operations
Design of Oil-Handling Systems and Facilities
Ken Arnold Maurice Stewart
VOLUME 1 Design of Oil-Handling Systems and Facilities Copyright © 1989, 1999 by Butterworth-Heinemann. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission of the publisher. Originally published by Gulf Publishing Company, Houston, TX. For information, please contact: Manager of SpecialSales Butterworth-Heinemann 225 Wildwood Avenue Woburn, MA 01801-2041 Tel: 781-904-2500 Fax: 781-904-2620 For information on all Butterworth-Heinemann publications available, contact our World Wide Web home page at: http://www.bh.com
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Arnold, Ken, 1942Design of oil-handling systems and facilities / Ken Arnold, Maurice Stewart. —2nd ed. p. cm. — (Surface production operations; v. 1) Includes index. ISBN 0-88415-821-7 (alk. paper) 1. Petroleum engineering—Equipment and supplies. 2. Oil fields—Equipment and supplies. 3. Oil fields—Production methods. I. Stewart, Maurice. II. Title. III. Series. TN871.5.A74 1998 665.5—dc21 97-38110
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The Production Facility •
Introduction, 1 Making the Equipment Work, 16 Facility Types, 18
Choosing a Process
Introduction, 26 Controlling the Process, 26 Operation of a Control Valve 26, Pressure Control 29, Level Control 30, Temperature Control 30, Flow Control 31 Basic System Configuration, 31 Wellhead and Manifold 31,Separation 31, Oil Treating 38, Lease Automatic Custody Transfer (LACT) 40, Pumps 42, Water Treating 43, Compressors 43, Gas Dehydrators 46 Well Testing, 48 Gas Lift, 51 Offshore Platform Considerations, 54 Overview 54, Modular Construction 55, Equipment Arrangement 55
Introduction, 58 Basic Principles, 58 Specific Gravity and Density 58, Viscosity 64