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A Brief History of PIPESIM

1984 - PIPESIM developed on Unix Platform 1985 - PIPESIM ported to DOS & Baker Jardine formed 1990 - PIPESIM GOAL (Gas Lift Optimization & Allocation)
Developed 1993 Windows GUI added to PIPESIM 1994 PIPESIM Net Launched 1996 PIPESIM FPT Launched 1997 PIPESIM FPT linked to ECLIPSE 2000 PIPESIM 2000 developed (New 32-bit GUI) 2001 Baker Jardine Acquired by Schlumberger 2003 Q1 Release of PIPESIM 2003

Total Production System


Compressor Separator

Flowline Safety Valve


Rise r

gas oil

Export lines



Nodal Analysis





Flow rate

Pressure Loss in System

DP5 = Ptf PDSC DP7 = PRB Psep DP6 = PDSC PRB

DP8 = Psep PCD

DP9 = Psep PPD DP10 = PCD PGD DP11 = PPD PLD


DP4 = Pwf Ptf

DP2 = Pwfs

DP1 = PR Pwfs

Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects

Leader in Multiphase Flow
research for over 30 years Schlumberger rejoined August 2002 Have recently developed Unified Mechanistic Model valid for all angles of inclination will appear in PIPESIM 2003 3 phase mechanistic model in development

Single Branch Operations

Single branch operations

System Analysis Pressure/Temperature Profile Flow Correlation Matching Nodal Analysis Optimum Horizontal Well Length Reservoir Tables Gas Lift Rate v Casing Head Pressure Artificial Lift Performance

Flow correlation matching

To determine the most suitable flow correlation Select the required flow correlations Enter known pressure and temperature at
different measured depths (MD) Enter known boundary conditions Results show each correlation and the entered data

Flow correlation matching

Hagedorn Brown Measured

Orkezewsk i Beggs Brill

Pressure/temperature profile
Compute the pressure and temperature profile for
a system and also vary some other parameters within system Enter sensitivity variable Enter boundary conditions Resulting PSPLOT shows pressure or temperature against depth (well) or elevation (flowline)

Pressure/temperature profile
Single Simulation Run

System analysis
Set up model to compute
Outlet Pressure with given Flowrate Inlet Pressure with given Flowrate Deliverability with given any other system variable

In addition, also sensitivity test on

One variable Several variables that change together Several variables permuted against one another Combination of above

System Analysis Variables Permuted

Each point represents separate simulation 4 tubing

3.5 tubing
3 tubing

System Analysis Variables Change in Step

Each point represents separate simulation 4 tubing

3.5 tubing
3 tubing

Nodal analysis
Classical nodal analysis at any point Break the system into two and compute the inflow
and outflow around that point Resulting PSPLOT shows inflow/outflow curves the classical

Nodal Analysis
Tubing ID = 3 Tubing ID = 3 1/2 Tubing ID = 4 Skin = -2 Skin = 0 Skin = 2

Reservoir tables
Produce a table of bottom-hole pressure that
can be utilised by reservoir simulator Interface to common reservoir simulators such as: ECLIPSE VIP PORES COMP4 MoRes

Reservoir tables

Artificial lift performance

Allows artificial lift performance curves (gas or
ESP) to be generated and also varies some other parameters within system To produce input performance curves for GOAL Resulting plot is gas lift quantity (or ESP power) versus oil production rate

Artificial lift performance

Psep = 75 psig 125 psig 150 psig

175 psig

Horizontal well performance

A horizontal well with multiple sources along the
wellbore which encounters reservoir drawdown and wellbore pressure drop Accurately predicts hydraulic wellbore performance in the completion Productivity investigation via Optimum horizontal completion length option

Optimum Horizontal Well Length

Specify: - reservoir pressure - outlet pressure - completion length