Separators are an important component on onshore well pads and offshore platforms operations. Used in upstream oil and gas applications as test separator for periodic well testing or production separators for continuous production measurement have one goal, separate the oil from the gas and water and equipped with quality flow measurement get the information to:
Know how the wells are performing and how much oil, water, and gas you’re producing
Fine-tune your recovery operation to maximize retrieval of hydrocarbons
Manage the decline curve of your wells
Depending on operator strategy, can be either two-phase or three-phase and depending on the vessel orientation can be vertical or horizontal.
A smaller plan area is required such as offshore platforms, FPSOs, etc.
Easier solids removal
Liquid removal efficiency does not vary with liquid level since area in vessel available for gas flow remains constant.
Large liquid slugs such as production separators.
Restricted head room
A low downward liquid velocity is required such as crude oil degassing or foam breakdown