Category Archives for Hydrates

Kinetic Inhibitor Process

A kinetic inhibitor is a polymeric chemical that, when added to a production stream, will not change the hydrate formation temperature but will delay the growth of hydrate crystals. These chemicals are polymericand include N-vinylpyrrolidone (5 ring), saccharides (6 ring}, … Continue reading

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Gas Expansion Temperature Drop

Choking, or expansion of gas from a high pressure to a lower pressure, is generally required for control of gas flow rates. Choking is achieved by the use of a choke or a control valve. The pressure drop causes a … Continue reading

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Water Vapor Condensation Process

One method of assuring that hydrates do not form is to assure that the amount of water vapor in the gas is always less than the amount required to fully saturate the gas. Typically, but not always, the gas will … Continue reading

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Hydrate Formation Temperature or Pressure Determination

Knowledge of the temperature and pressure of a gas stream at the wellhead is important for determining whether hydrate formation can be expected when the gas is expanded into the flow lines. The temperature at the wellhead can change as … Continue reading

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Hydrates Process

Resembling dirty ice, hydrates consist of a water lattice in which light hydrocarbon molecules are embedded. They are a loosely-linked crystalline chemical compound of hydrocarbon and water called cathrates, a term denoting compounds that may exist in stable form but … Continue reading

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