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Clariant Oil Services Successfully Treats Produced Water Re-Injection System

Benefits

  • Improved corrosion inhibition through deployment of MULTITREAT 9336
  • Reduced chemical volumes
  • Significant reduction in chemical spend
  • Significant reduction in logistics costs due to reduced chemical volumes
  • Environmentally acceptable

Background

An international operator in the North Sea carried out a modification to install a Produced Water Re-injection facility (PWRI) on an offshore installation, in order to reduce environmental impact and comply with heightened legislation on produced water discharges to sea. As a result of the PWRI facility, 50,000 bwpd produced water (which was previously discharged to sea) was commingled with 100,000 bwpd seawater and routed into five injection wells to support an existing water-flood scheme.

The water injection system was constructed from carbon steel and designed to handle treated seawater only. The produced water to be re-injected contains dissolved CO2 at a temperature of 80°C and a pressure of 33 bar, thus presenting a risk of CO2 corrosion to the carbon steel system metallurgy.

A combination scale / corrosion inhibitor chemical was selected for deployment by the operator to mitigate for CO2 corrosion, and also to prevent formation of scale caused by the mixing of incompatible produced water and seawater.

Field monitoring of the scale / corrosion inhibitor demonstrated that the product performance was adequate (approximately 0.1 mm / yr corrosion rate). However, due to the large chemical volumes required to continuously treat the system and associated logistics challenges, Clariant Oil Services identified an opportunity to provide significant technical and business improvements for the customer.

Clariant Oil Services Solutions and Value Delivered

Following detailed lab evaluation under representative conditions, Clariant Oil Services selected MULTITREAT 9336 as a suitable candidate product to replace the incumbent scale / corrosion inhibitor. MULTITREAT 9336 was deployed and its corrosion inhibition performance monitored using Linear Polarization Resistance (LPR) technique via sidestream apparatus.

The performance of the product was measured at a range of concentrations, and corrosion inhibition performance compared with the incumbent product which was deployed at 30 ppm concentration. MULTITREAT 9336 was found to reduce the measured corrosion rate from 0.1 mm/yr with the incumbent product to 0.08 mm/yr.

Clariant Oil Services’ MULTITREAT 9336 product achieved a 20% reduction in the corrosion rate at a concentration of 25 ppm, compared with 30 ppm for the incumbent. In addition, the unit cost of MULTITREAT 9336 was 75% of the incumbent scale / corrosion inhibitor.

MULTITREAT 9336 was selected by the operator to replace the existing scale / corrosion inhibitor for deployment at 25 ppm. This resulted in the immediate reduction of 45,000 liters of chemical volume p.a for the operator. In conjunction with the reduced unit cost of MULTITREAT 9336 when compared to the incumbent, a total cost savings of £240,000 p.a was realized.

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