Years of research and development, as well as field experience has moved the hydrate management philosophy towards less conservative operations. Previously, the standard was to avoid gas hydrates altogether. Now, on the other hand, the industry is more often looking into how to "live with hydrates" meaning that they are willing to accept the risk of hydrate formation given that there are enough evidence that the hydrates will not plug the pipeline. This paper presents some of the experimental techniques and methods used to realize an effective hydrate management strategy by investigating hydrate properties with regard to plugging and possible slurry transport.

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