Field Trial of Online Analysers for Discharge Reporting



While online continuous oil-in-water analysers have been used by the global oil and gas industry for produced water management for many years, they have been limited to process trending for manned operations. However, industry wants to increasingly develop unmanned and subsea separation systems to further maximise oil recovery and increase cost-effective production.

A new Joint Industry Project (JIP) has been launched that will support regulatory authorities and industry to establish new standards and practices for the use of online oil-in-water analysers at remote locations.

The outcome from the project will provide the confidence needed by the industry and regulatory authorities in using online oil-in-water analysers for produced water discharge reporting at unmanned and manned sites. Ultimate benefits will include more accurate measurement of oil levels being discharged into the ocean, a reduction in operating costs as the need for manual sampling and the use of chemicals for laboratory analysis will be minimised, and enabling unmanned oil and gas production.

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