Flow assurance refers to the successful fluid flow transfer. Flow assurance has become a norm in the oil and gas industry in the past two decades.Flow Assurance is applied during allstages of system selection, detailed design, surveillance, troubleshooting operation problems, increased recovery in late life etc., to the petroleum flow path (well tubing, subsea equipment, flow lines, initial processing and export lines). iFluids has carried out several flow assurance activities for several leading clients.
Software such as ESI Pipeline studio (TLNET & TGNET) and Sunrise PIPENET are used for studying the flow transfer in single phase systems and for carrying out surge analysis and to study water hammering. These software can also be used to study maximum throughput through the system.
Software such as Schlumberger PIPESIM is a steady state multiphase simulator used to study multiphase system. The studies involve slug tracking, hydrate mitigation, surge analysis, gas lift operations, gas gathering operation, well performance, etc.,
Software such as OLGA is a dynamic multiphase flow simulator used to model well performance, slug tracking, hydrate mitigation, surge analysis, key operational procedures including start-up, shut-down, and pigging, transport of gas-condensate and single phase fluid.