Production Chemistry Support
Wood Group Kenny's Process Solutions group has a long history of working on complex production chemistry challenges. Starting from the involvement with the University of Tulsa Paraffin Deposition JIP and continuing to the current University of Michigan JIP, focusing on waxes and asphaltenes, we have been associated with a high degree of production chemistry understanding and expertise.
The essence of any flow assurance problem is first diagnosed in the fluid properties of the asset. Without a proper understanding of the fluid properties, phase behaviour, and production chemistry, the flow assurance modelling and operability of the system cannot properly be addressed.
Our team of experienced consultants can help identify, address, and solve flow assurance challenges related to the following production chemistry-related issues.
Our Process Solutions group employs several alumni from the Colorado School of Mines, one of the world-renowned research institutions in the field of hydrates. Our consultants are well-versed with industry best-practices for hydrate prediction, chemical treatment, and prevention.
The company has owned/operated a laminar flow paraffin deposition flowloop, testing 100’s of crude oils for paraffin, gelation, and rheology properties. Building on that knowledge, we maintain a confidential database of 100’s of fluid properties, which can be used to help assess potential production chemistry related challenges early in the project life cycle.
Wood Group Kenny's Process Solutions group’s involvement in the ultra-deepwater Lower Tertiary/Miocene reservoirs within the Gulf of Mexico, many of which have high asphaltene contents, which helps us advise our clients early-on in the project life cycle about potential asphaltene issues, especially with respect to artificial lift configurations. This understanding is further enhanced by participation in the University of Michigan JIP on asphaltene kinetics.
The company’s history with laboratory testing, including rheology measurements, enables accurate modelling of complex rheology structures. Our consultants have been involved in numerous projects where the fluid behaviour is quite sensitive to shear rate (non-Newtonian fluid), which puts a premium on understanding the impact of the laboratory testing, as well as the expected pipeline operating conditions, to ensure that the proper laboratory testing is carried out.
We are involved in water chemistry studies to helo our clients evaluate potential for scale deposition, either due to single aquifer sources, or due to commingling of various brines.
The company has authored numerous papers related to production chemistry issues and proper laboratory testing requirements, as well as working with laboratories and chemical inhibitor providers to develop solutions that address production chemistry related challenges.