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  • RMOTC tests Vortex Flow surface tools


    M. Milliken

    Several Vortex Flow surface tools of different sizes were installed in single phase liquid gathering systems of two Tensleep Formation wells at the Rocky Mountain Oil Field Testing Center (RMOTC) at Tea Pot Dome near Casper, Wyoming. Data measurements included upstream and downstream pressure and flowrates. Flowline ice mitigation testing in gas gathering lines demonstrated reduced constrictions due to ice buildup. Additional testing of the units in high paraffin-prone wells resulted in decreased paraffin buildup in gathering lines. INTRODUCTION Vortex Flow contacted RMOTC to inquire about testing their units in high rate single phase gathering systems at NPR-3. RMOTC suggested adapting the units to flowlines from Tensleep wells, which have fluid flowrates in excess of 1,000 bpd. At first, Vortex requested a 2-in. line for their smaller units. RMOTC provided well 44-1-TPX-10 with flowrates in the range of 4,000-5,000 bpd.

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