2019 Brisbane - Opportunity for Technology Trial with Industry10 Feb - 17 Mar
Pathway to trials in the energy and resources sector
Keep Me Flowing: prevent the impact of erosion due to solids
Can you help to prevent, identify, inspect and/or mitigate the effects of erosion on surface process equipment in upstream gas fields? If so, we want to hear from you.
Coal seam gas (CSG) is natural gas found in coal seams (areas of underground coal). For coal seam gas extraction, wells are drilled into the coal seams. When operational, water, gas, and solids are produced up the wellbore into a carbon steel processing facility where water and gas are separated and delivered into two polyethylene pipelines.
Variations in geology and well completion techniques affect the amount of solids produced in a coal seam gas well which is difficult to quantify. Solids in conjunction with two phase flow at high velocities causes internal erosion of surface equipment and pipes. Erosion is detected through inspection programs including ultrasonic thickness testing, and radiography. These methods are costly and inefficient. The cost of production loss from downtime due to erosion is significant.
The challenge is to:
- rapidly identify erosion across all well sites in a cost-effective manner
- better predict where erosion may occur on wellhead facilities
- mitigate erosion through better design and predictability of occurrence
Solutions may include (but are not limited to):
- Modelling of solids production based on geological, production and other data (data science)
- Erosion detection technologies (scanning, robotics, drones, etc)
- Solutions to mitigate erosion through improved design understanding solids flow and other production data
The opportunity is to trial your technology with a vertically-integrated energy company in Australia. The potential impact your solution can bring to the organisation can reduce the impact of erosion from over A$30-$40 million in combined production losses due to erosion and operating expenditure to identify erosion.