Flow Assurance Solids in Oil and Gas Production

Jon Steinar Gudmundsson

September 7, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 402 Pages
ISBN 9781138737846 - CAT# K32336


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  • Presents the big five oilfield solids - paraffin wax, gas hydrate, asphaltene, naphthenate and scale - together for the first time in a single book.
  • Features stand-alone chapters with figures and tables for each of the big five oilfield solids, with supporting appendices and references.
  • Each chapter combines chemistry-dominated and flowrate-dominated effects, with focus on flow assurance in oilfield developments and operations.


The precipitation and deposition of solids are major challenges in the production of oil and gas. Flow assurance solids are formed because of unavoidable changes in temperature, pressure and composition of the oil-gas-water flowstream, from reservoir conditions to processing conditions. The control of flow assurance solids is essential in ensuring efficient and safe exploitation of hydrocarbon assets. Five troublesome flow assurance solids are described in the book: asphaltene, paraffin wax, natural gas hydrate, naphthenate and inorganic scale. These big-five solids are presented in stand-alone chapters. Derivations of equations and descriptions of supporting details are given in several

The book is intended for professional engineers and natural scientists working in the oil and gas industry: exploration and production companies, engineering companies, service companies and specialized companies. An understanding of the big-five solids is required throughout the lifetime of oil and gas assets, from early development to abandonment. The technical, safety and environmental risks associated with deposition problems in near-wellbore formations, production tubing, wellhead equipment, flowlines and processing facilities, are relevant for decisions in the oil and gas industry and in regulatory and financial entities.