The Savvy Separator series continues as we share case studies of troubleshooting separator problems. This article focuses on design issues. Brief problem statements, root causes, and lessons learned are given.
The Libra Consortium, led by Brazil’s Petrobras, has developed a method of separating carbon dioxide from reservoir fluids at the seafloor rather than the FPSO topsides.
This paper outlines issues to be resolved during facility design and provides guidelines, calculations, and examples for sand-handling steps to be implemented after separation.

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