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What’s New in PIPESIM 2015 New-generation steady-state multiphase flow simulator helps overcome fluid flow challenges

What’s New in PIPESIM 2015

New-generation steady-state multiphase flow simulator helps overcome fluid flow challenges

KEY FEATURES

Gas lift design accounts for changing conditions and hydraulic effects of the total system

Gas lift diagnostics analyzes performance of gas lift valve systems

OneSubsea multiphase booster provides rigorous performance analysis

Perforation design determines optimal perforating gun selection, phasing, and spacing

Data matching automatically tunes multi- phase flow and heat transfer coefficients

Advanced network solver helps solve complex network problems

The PIPESIM* steady-state multiphase flow simulator has provided accurate flow modeling for well and network
The PIPESIM* steady-state multiphase flow simulator has provided accurate flow modeling for
well and network design and operations for more than 30 years. PIPESIM 2015 expands overall
functionality with a focus on advanced well modeling and artificial lift.
Gas lift design
PIPESIM 2015 has several enhancements for gas lift design. Bracketing calculations can be used
to ensure that the design accounts for changing conditions. Users can also incorporate into the design
the hydraulic effects of flowlines, risers, and equipment downstream of the wellhead.
Temperature, degF
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–400
–200
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200 400
0 ft
0
1,000
2,000
3,000
3,200 ft
4,000
3,665 ft
5,000
6,000
7,000
5,498 ft
8,000
9,000
7,077 ft
10,000
7,800 ft
11,000
8,438 ft
12,000
9,600 ft
9,613 ft
13,000
14,000
10,627 ft
0
1,000
2,000
11,504 ft
Pressure, psi
12,262 ft
12,722 ft
14,023 ft
14,300 ft
14,623 ft
The PIPESIM 2015 gas lift interface improves design selection.
Gas lift diagnostics
Gas lift diagnostics can be used to analyze the performance of wells equipped with gas lift
valve systems.
PIPESIM 2015 enables users to specify both the total gas lift injection rate and the injection pressure
to calculate a tuning factor to ensure valve performance equations match observed data. This tuning
factor can be applied to the valve system for more accurate modeling. Additional improvements include
frictional effects for gas injection in the annulus and the introduction of the rigorous DAK–Sutton
nitrogen temperature correction factors for more accurate modeling at higher pressures.
True vertical depth, ft

Pressure Temperature Liquid level pressure Transfer gradient line Valve closing pressure Valve open

Transfer gradient line Valve closing pressure Valve open Casing gas pressure Kickoff pressure Gradient lines Valve

Casing gas pressure Kickoff pressure Gradient lines Valve opening pressure Valve closed Dip

What’s New in PIPESIM 2015

MPB booster performance plot PWSTATIC=6,200 psia DP=1,000 psi FREQUENCY=60 Hz FLOWRATE=17,616.58 sbbl/day 1,800 5,916
MPB booster performance plot
PWSTATIC=6,200 psia DP=1,000 psi FREQUENCY=60 Hz FLOWRATE=17,616.58 sbbl/day
1,800
5,916
hp
1,700
1,600
1,500
5,325 hp
1,400
1,300
1,200
4,733 hp
1,100
1,000
900
4,141
hp
800
700
600
500
3,550 hp
400
300
2,958 hp
1,775 hp
2,367 hp
200
592 hp
1,183 hp
100
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
20,000
40,000
60,000
8 0,000
100,000
120,000
140,000
160,000
Flowrate, bbl/d
Differential pressure, psi

PIPESIM 2015 uses operating conditions to generate performance maps for OneSubsea multiphase boosters.

OneSubsea multiphase booster performance analysis

The OneSubsea helicoaxial multiphase booster allows rigorous performance analysis for a variety of booster models to enhance design and operation. Booster performance maps are generated for all simulation cases based on actual operating conditions, enabling users to quickly evaluate performance and identify constraints.

Perforation design

Rigorous perforation design for determining the optimal perforating gun selection, phasing, and spacing is now available. In addition to the standard concrete method based on API RP 19B test data, an advanced rock model developed by Schlumberger is available. The resulting design can be used to update the well model with entrance hole diameter and penetration depth data, which are needed to calculate the skin factor of the vertical or horizontal completion.

Data-matching improvements

Observed pressure and temperature data can now be automatically matched to a model by tuning the multiphase flow model and heat transfer coefficients. The PIPESIM simulator simultaneously optimizes correction factors to minimize errors in pressure drop, liquid holdup, and temperature changes for a wide range of multiphase flow models. Results can be quickly visualized and inspected before applying the correction factors to the model, which can then be used to construct more accurate optimization scenarios or future performance predictions.

Survey data can be directly imported into the PIPESIM simulator through LAS files for production log analysis. This workflow supports quick, effective analysis of production log data and model calibration for determining zonal performance so that workover scenarios can be analyzed and quantified.

Advanced network solver

PIPESIM 2015 introduces the advanced network solver, which is based on Newton’s method for simultaneous solution of all flow equations. Although the default network solver is robust, the advanced network solver is intended for solving particularly complex or advanced optimization cases.

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Additional new features and improvements

Improvements to pigging calculations, including transit and dumping times

Atmospheric pressure reference

Nodal analysis usability enhancements, including operating envelope

Heat transfer alignment with OLGA* dynamic multiphase flow simulator

Improvements to network license performance

Improvements to message passing interface (MPI) distribution for parallel processing

2 SURFACE EQUIPMENT Flowline Manifold Tubing ow from upper layer Tubing ow from middle layer
2 SURFACE EQUIPMENT Flowline Manifold Tubing ow from upper layer Tubing ow from middle layer
2
SURFACE EQUIPMENT
Flowline
Manifold
Tubing ow from upper layer
Tubing ow from middle layer
Tubing ow from bottom layer
SSSV
Tubing-1
Packer
Sleeve
NA point
Upper layer
Packer
Middle layer
Sleeve
Casing
Packer
Tubing-2
Bottom
Line
6,000 ft
7,990 ft ft
8,000
10,490 ft ft
10,500
11,200 ft
11,590 ft ft
11,600

33 ft

0 ft

380 ft

12,600 12,700 ft ft
12,600
12,700 ft ft

The perforation design feature of PIPESIM 2015 can be used to optimize reservoir productivity.

ft ft The perforation design feature of PIPESIM 2015 can be used to optimize reservoir productivity.