Completion of Compact Separator Laboratory
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As the petroleum business explore deeper waters and more remote locations in thequest for new hydrocarbon reservoirs, challenges that were not that relevant in earlieryears now become more common. To face these challenges, the Subsea Production andProcessing (SUBPRO) center for research-based innovation, a cooperation betweenseveral oil and gas companies and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology(NTNU), have launched several subprojects. One of these sub-projects is on controlof subsea processes. Control algorithms will be developed and then validated in asmall scale laboratory that will include hydrocyclones, a Compact Flotation Unit(CFU) , a bulk separator, a coalescing pump and low shear control valves in additionto standard processing equipment. This Master thesis is a part of this sub-project,focusing on the construction of Phase 1 of the Compact Separator Laboratory (CSL).The primary objective of this Master thesis is installing the instrumentation andelectrical system of the CSL, designing and configuring a control system and HumanMachine Interface (HMI), in addition to leak testing the CSL. Much of the engineeringof the CSL have already been done during the specialization project . Work donein this Master thesis is the basis for further development of the CSL.The CSL is to be built in four Phases, and this Master thesis focuses on Phase1. Facilitation for Phases 2-4 during the construction of Phase 1 is a necessity inorder to avoid unnecessary extra work later on. For this reason, getting familiar withall Phases both technically and design-wise is an essential part of the thesis. SincePhase 1 is completed throughout this Master thesis, the uncertainty lies in acquiringor constructing a pump and reservoir system. Options like buying or leasing a pumptemporarily prior to the construction of the pump and reservoir system in Phase 3have been considered, but the best option seems to be to wait for a permanent system.This will make the CSL able to separate oil and water, not just testing the CSL withwater.