With increasing oil and gas prices and rising concern over global energy security, oil and gas Operators have a window of opportunity to assess whether an investment in existing and ageing facilities will enable a quick return through increased production and revenues.
The key to unlocking value
That's where debottlenecking comes in, where we actively identify and remove barriers causing reduced efficiency or other operational concerns.
Petrofac has been supporting major Operators to define and execute strategies for debottlenecking and rejuvenating facilities to realise capacity improvements safely and sustainably.
We use a proven methodology to cover:
- Identification of potential debottlenecking options
- Selection of preferred debottlenecking solutions, in conjunction with the Operator
- The preferred debottlenecking solutions defined from a technical, cost and schedule perspective
- Design and implementation of brownfield modifications where required to realise capacity enhancements
Critical components for success
Developing a basis for debottlenecking and defining limiting factors is a good starting point; well fluid composition, inlet, and export conditions, for example, and establishing limiting capacities for critical equipment and systems.
Simulating operations with actual operational data will identify options and the impact of any plant/facility modifications, however large or small, on the cost-benefit analysis.
The chart below shows a simple representation of the cost of action and modifications versus additional production on an actual project. The larger cost shown represents changing the compressors in this instance.