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Gun-barrel separators

CHALLENGES

Ineffective measurement of the emulsion (rag) layer in the gun-barrel separator means:

• Unclear understanding of total tank battery capacities at wellsites and saltwater disposal facilities (separators and storage tanks)

• Increased cost due to trucks being dispatched to remote sites with sufficient capacity of "unwanted" liquids (water, gas condensates, etc.)

• During saltwater disposal, if oil is extracted into the disposal well it is not only lost revenue but causes potential plugging, rework costs and downtime

• Any residual oil in the saltwater limits the well capacity and eventually it must be reworked at a significant cost

SOLUTION

Magnetrol® level devices allow for better management and utilization of resources, such as trucks not being dispatched to remote sites with sufficient capacity

• Effectively measures the total level in the gun-barrel tank, as well as the oil-water emulsion (rag) layer

• Optimal performance even for thin rag layers

• Single transmitter design for total level and interface; increasing familiarity and reducing training

• Communicates through the desired protocols, is faster to commission and requires little power to cycle up and down

RESULTS

Better level measurement and more effective separation of oil and saltwater

• Clearer understanding of the day-to-day storage of "unwanted" liquids

• Better management and utilization of resources, such as trucks only being dispatched to remote sites with insufficient tank battery capacity

• Prevents potential plugging of disposal well and rework costs

• Simplified commissioning and training with communication through desired protocols