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Simulation model may reduce the climate footprint of oil production

Simulation model may reduce the climate footprint of oil production
The maximum distance permitted for the transportation of oil and gas in the same subsea pipeline will probably soon be increased thanks to a recently developed simulation tool developed jointly by SINTEF and the Norwegian company LedaFlow Technologies. Credit: LedaFlow Technologies

Future offshore oil and gas fields are most likely to be “satellite developments” that are less expensive and emit less greenhouse gasses than other fields because they do not require new production platforms. An innovative Norwegian computational tool called “Slug Capturing 2” is now enabling the design of longer pipelines that will allow many more fields to be developed as satellites.


Out of sight from land and from the air, the Norwegian shelf is covered by a spider’s web of pipelines through which production fluids flow from the wells tapping the reservoirs.

This system carrying oil, water and gas in the same pipeline is called multiphase transport.

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