A recently completed consultancy project, which provided a status update on using on-line monitoring for produced water discharge reporting, has highlighted the importance of a new JIP being developed to drive regulatory guidance and industry practice in this area.
“We put together the status report for one of Europe’s leading independent oil production companies,” says Principal Consultant, Dr Ming Yang, who explains that the project focused on applications for unmanned and subsea installations. “What we found strengthened our impression that on-line monitoring is an area that presents both regulatory and technology challenges. As a result, we are moving forward with our JIP proposal, as we see this as an important way to help regulators to strengthen the regulatory framework, at the same time, enable the industry to have a more effective way of managing the discharge of produced water from manned, unmanned and subsea installations.”
Ming’s study found that, in the last ten years, there has been significant progress in the development of online oil-in-water monitoring technologies that may be used for unmanned and subsea installations. Technologies that have the most potential for such applications include light scattering, microscopy imaging, Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) and ultrasonic acoustic. However, Ming’s research also underlined the fact that there is currently no guidance for using an online continuous analyser for produced discharge reporting from an unmanned or subsea installation.
As reported in a previous article, Ming is working to start a JIP to develop such guidance and is looking for regulator and industry support and participation.
The main driver for this JIP comes from the fact that there has been significant interest in developing unmanned installations, subsea separation and produced water re-injection or discharge systems. The uses of online continuous oil in water analysers is vitally important for both process control and regulatory compliance reporting purposes. It will support industries aim to reduce production costs and maximise oil recoveries.
“As a result,” Ming says, “Guidance must be in place to support the use of this technology.” Ming also confirms that the project will help apply online oil in water monitoring technology for surface manned installations”
For more information, and to take part in the JIP, contact Ming Yang.
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