Common Questions About Setting Up An Oil & Gas Production Tank Battery

March 15, 2022

1. How Do You Choose Equipment and Vessels for a Tank Battery?

The equipment for your tank battery will be determined by what you are producing. Additionally, the equipment and vessels used will vary depending on the well type. For example, tank battery builds for wells utilizing hydraulic lifts will differ from those of wells using gas lifts. Moreover, whether the tank batteries are connected to a single well or multiple wells will influence the choice of vessels and equipment.

2. Do the Equipment and Vessels at a Tank Battery Remain the Same Throughout the Production Duration?

Oil & gas tank batteries will evolve and change throughout the production of the well. This is because, during the life of the well, the nature of production will likely change; therefore, different equipment and vessels will need to be installed to meet the evolving needs, and others will be removed to create room. For instance, a well can have sufficient natural pressure at the start of production to sustain satisfactory flow. However, the pressure will likely fall over time, and eventually, you might have to install a gas lift system. This will require new specialized equipment to be brought in.

3. What Are the Essential Vessels?

  • A stock tank is necessary for holding oil before treating or selling it.
  • You will also need a distinct round or rectangular tank to store separated water.
  • A rectangular tank without a roof and fitted with a ladder is necessary to provide easy access to the stored fluid for testing and measuring.
  • You will require a separator which will be under pressure. This can be a two-phase separator that works to isolate gas from oil and water or a three-phase separator like a gun barrel, which isolates gas from oil and water and also oil from water.

4. What Are the Safety Precautions for Vessels That Are Not Pressurized?

Most oil & gas tank batteries are required to have dikes or firewalls around vessels that are pressurized as a safety precaution. The firewall will contain the fluid in the tank in case of a leak or any other emergency that may result in the oil ending up outside the vessel. Dikes are typically required to be sized to contain one and a half times the amount of fluid that can be stored in the tank.

Which Material Flow Lines Are Best to Use?

Flow lines are commonly available in steel and synthetic materials like plastic or fiberglass. Steel flow lines are the preferred option for most tank battery builds. This is because they are stronger and can handle a high-pressure flow. Synthetic flow lines are typically used in situations where steel flow lines will corrode quickly. Polyethylene flow lines are also popular for their ease of use and low cost.

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