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Title: Hydrate Management: Managing Uncertainty & Risk Through Enhanced Measurement
Author: Alexandre Lupeau Michael Thomas Smith Leong Yit Seng Eric Grzelak
Source: 2016 South East Asia Flow Measurement Conference
Year Published: 2016
Abstract: Deepwater gas field development has been growing tr emendously in Asia and East Africa region for the past five years. Hydrates management has been identified and ranked by operators as the number one flow assurance issue im pacting design and operation. Current hydrate management methods to address these risks e ntail large capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenditure (OPEX), in over-s pecifying hydrate inhibitor injection and reclamation capacity and in actual usage of the inh ibitor and reclamation capacity in field operation. The major reason for accepting this cost is to avoi d risks related to hydrate formation that result in an interruption of production and perform ing expensive interventions on the production system. Enhanced measurements significan tly improve an operators ability to manage these risks, while enabling more efficient a nd cost effective ways to operate gas and wet-gas fields