Challenges in crude oil production processes
Modern level and flow instrumentation help solve difficulties in the process
Oil producers often deal with troublesome applications including water carry over into the oil leg of separators, entrained gas in oil and water legs, emulsion layers inside the separator, varying densities and remote areas. These concerns can be difficult for traditional instrumentation to measure, but modern level and flow instruments have been developed to successfully address these issues.
Flow measurements in a separation process must accommodate crude oil, condensates, produced water and natural or associated gas. Coriolis mass flowmeters have been replacing traditional meters (positive displacement, turbine and differential pressure flowmeters) because of their robustness, accuracy and immunity to wear and tear.