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Methods to Monitor Wear in Oil and Gas Production Tubing Without Well Intervention

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Posted September 13, 2019

The Seeker (a private Oil & Gas producing company) is looking for a method for remote online monitoring of the degree of wear of production tubing used during oil and gas well exploitation.

The production tubing is subject to aggressive environmental conditions including hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbon dioxide (CO2), high pressures and high temperatures, solid particles, and high speed of hydrocarbon flow and is subject to erosion and corrosion that results in overall thinning of the tubing wall as well as scabbing inside the tube. The proposed technology/approach should not rely on running equipment inside the tubing.

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This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

Overview

The oil and gas industry requires specialized materials and equipment for oil and gas production from deep underground reservoirs. In particular, the tubing carrying the oil and gas are subject to aggressive environmental conditions from both chemical and physical agents. Together with hydrocarbons production the stream may contain hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbon dioxide (CO2), and solid particles, and are often under conditions of high pressure, high temperature, and high flow rate. These conditions lead to erosion and corrosion of the inside of the production tubing which results in weakening of the tubes. When combined with simultaneous tensile stresses from the tubing’s own weight it leads to eventual tubing failure.

The Seeker is looking for a method for remote online monitoring of the degree of wear in production tubing used during oil and gas well production. The proposed technology/approach should not rely on running equipment inside the tubing.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on October 14, 2019.

Source: InnoCentive

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