Using Enalysis™ to Identify Inefficiencies and Increase Flow

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April 29, 2011

Background:

This case study is for a Gas Transmission Company in Colorado. The compressor is a 2-Stage Reciprocating Compressor – Ariel JGU/6 with fixed volume pockets and automatic unloaders.

  • A few months after the client starting monitoring this unit on Enalysis™, with field data being provided every 6 hours through SCADA, our Enalysis™ Reports started highlighting a 17% – 25% flow discrepancy between stage 1 and 2.
  • Enalysis™ Reports showed that the 1st stage was moving more gas than the 2ndstage was moving by about 17% to 25% which was not possible on this machine unless there was a leakage of some type.
  • We were flagging 7-8% blowby which is just considered "Moderate". This ruled out the likelihood of damaged valves. Valve repairs that were performed did not show any effect on fixing this flow discrepancy.

Actions Taken:

  • Detechtion recommended checking all automatic unloaders since this was a volumetric issue highlighted by Enalysis™. All unloaders were re-built and gaskets replaced.
  • It was also found that the Solenoid that actuated the FVP in throw #3 was not working, keeping the pocket in the "open/unloaded" position. This solenoid was replaced.

Results:

  • As can be seen in the graph below, both 1st and 2nd stage flows started matching much better after these hardware repairs:
    Using Enalysis™ to Identify Inefficiencies and Increase Flow
  • Compressor flow increased by 4.56 MMscfd after the pocket repairs. The fixed volume pockets were actually able to close all the way without any leakage.
    Using Enalysis™ to Identify Inefficiencies and Increase Flow
    Using Enalysis™ to Identify Inefficiencies and Increase Flow
    This flow increase represents approx $547,200 per month at $4/Mscf gas.