Debottlenecking

Debottlenecking studies enable production in excess of a facility's nameplate capacity through improved reservoir performance, introduction of new fields or a change in operation.

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As part of a debottlenecking study, we establish the facility's constraints, their step-wise elimination and associated benefit gained.

We consider the facility in its entirety, incorporating process safety, integrity issues and performance. Examining not only the production and utility systems, but also the potential impact on relief systems resulting from higher throughput and proposed modifications.

Our well established equipment / system sizing models, based on FEED level calculations / algorithms, are used for the capacity assessment. These are adjusted, as necessary, to match the actual facility's systems and to allow evaluation of the existing capacity.

Once facility breakpoints have been identified, our multidiscipline team will develop the technical definition of the new facilities and brownfield modifications to enable the required throughput. This allows feasibility to be confirmed and cost estimates for the modifications to be delivered.

Where potential development options are still immature, a more generic approach can be adopted by establishing the operating envelopes for all major equipment with subsequent overlaying of potential development options, thereby informing the option selection.