Yokogawa’s new hydrate risk management solution

07 September 2018

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has introduced an on-demand hydrate risk management solution that helps offshore oil platform operators to maintain production levels, protect plant assets, and minimize operating expenses and downtime by optimizing pipeline chemical injection.

During the plant design phase of oil and gas offshore platforms, modeling and simulation software and pre-operation field test data is utilized to optimize the pipeline network design and calculate the amount of inhibitor required to prevent hydrate formation. Injection rates are regularly reviewed by field experts, but without real-time visibility into the actual state of the pipeline, operators tend to overdose the inhibitor to provide a sufficient buffer for daily operational conditions. This can result in excessive chemical use and increased operating expenses. With the aim of enabling more efficient hydrate risk management, Yokogawa has developed a common dashboard for KBC's two advanced, complementary simulation software solutions, Maximus® and Multiflash®, and Yokogawa's own FAST/TOOLS™ SCADA system.

KBC's Maximus is a purpose-built tool for compositional thermal hydraulic steady-state simulations of pipeline networks. It can be used as both a production forecaster and flow assurance tool by predicting the physical conditions of the network. Multiflash is the de facto standard pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) modeling solution for hydrocarbon flow assurance and production modeling due to its scope and accuracy.

Used as an integrated SCADA system within and between plants, FAST/TOOLS offers the ability to work with and present information from various data sources and applications on a single dashboard.