Artist's impression of gas hydrate.
Flow assurance: a smooth ride for oil and gas
Next generation flow assurance technologies are ensuring uninterrupted flow of oil and gas in subsea pipelines and access to previously stranded gas.
9 December 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011
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More than 80 per cent of Australia’s gas resources exist in deep, remote, offshore reservoirs. Our ability to realise their full potential relies on the development of economically viable solutions to access and transport them over long distances to on-shore processing facilities.
CSIRO scientists are developing subsea technologies for the production of gas resources which may lie as far as 300 km offshore, at a depth greater than 1 km. The Flow Assurance research program will deliver science-based engineering solutions to access to previously stranded gas reserves and ensure the uninterrupted flow of production fluids in subsea pipelines.
The research program includes development of:
Science-based engineering solutions are providing access to previously stranded gas reserves
- compact systems to efficiently separate gas and liquids
- autonomous, remotely controlled robots to monitor well conditions and provide real time data
- subsea infrastructure and pipeline design
- technologies to repair sub-sea infrastructure
- methods to prevent flow disruptions in sub-sea pipelines, particularly formation of gas hydrate crystals
- designer fluids for enhanced oil recovery.
Accessing our huge reserves of deep water gas will significantly contribute to Australia’s energy security and assist the transition to a low emissions energy economy, providing real and sustained benefits to Australia.