Effect of Pressure, Temperature and Wellstream Composition on the Quantity of Stabilized Separator Fluid
- W.E. Portman (U. of Oklahoma) | John M. Campbell (U. of Oklahoma)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
- Publication Date
- May 1956
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 59 - 62
- 1956. Original copyright American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc. Copyright has expired.
- 5.7.2 Recovery Factors, 4.1.9 Tanks and storage systems, 4.6 Natural Gas, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating
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A series of correlating charts have been prepared to enable the field engineer to predict the amount of stock tank fluid produced by stabilization of first stage separator fluid. The charts shown are particularly convenient for estimating the relative effect of temperature and pressure in economic studies. Further work is planned to investigate the factors affecting stage separation to supplement this preliminary work.
The direct correlation of separation variables is dictated as a convenience to eliminate the trial and error calculation necessary when using the standard flash vaporization equations. These are obtained by a material balance using the equilibrium vaporization ratio K, and have appeared in the following, or similar, form many times in the literature.
These equations may of course be effectively and accurately solved by use of digital and analog computers. However, these are not usually readily available in field offices and the need often arises for fast results during routine operational problems. Consequently, many methods have been devised in an attempt to simplify the basic calculation.
The methods proposed are generally satisfactory, but do not eliminate trial and error methods and the necessity of subsequent calculations to obtain the answer in volume terms. The purpose of this work, therefore, was to develop accurate charts that would give the result directly in gallons.
When using stage separation the recoveries would be lower than those shown, for stabilization usually gives about 95+ per cent recovery on the potential stock tank components in the separator liquid.
The recoveries are shown in terms of a 14 psi Reid Vapor Pressure product which has a true vapor pressure of 14.7 psia at 98°F. Consequently, this product represents a stable stock tank liquid under normal storage conditions.
To estimate natural gasoline recoveries by stabilization the volume shown may be multiplied by 1.20 for 18 lb RVP natural gasoline and 1.36 for 26 lb RVP natural gasoline.
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