Although suboptimal performance of centrifugal compressors can cause serious damage to oil and gas production operations, there tends to be a slowness or hesitancy to proactively act to resolve performance issues. This is especially the case if the poor ...
Last week in Part 1, we explored the first three out of the seven steps which I recommend to resolve suboptimal performance of centrifugal compressors in oil and gas service. This week, in Part 2 we look at the remaining four of the seven steps. They are as follows:-
Having previously described the causes and effects of suboptimal operation of centrifugal compressors deployed in oil and gas applications, I thought it would be great this week to begin to look at some key steps we can take towards resolving the issues previously highlighted.
The reality is that suboptimal performance of centrifugal compressors can eventually have some frustrating, expensive and potentially devastating effects. Here are some of the most frequent ones I have come across in my work:-
Gas compression equipment used in oil and gas applications may be required to operate away from their design duties in the course of the life of the field. Usually such centrifugal compressors are meticulously designed and optimized for their initial duty. This is however