Gulf Water Injection Pipeline and Facilities De-Bottlenecking PUBLIC ACCESS

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K. J. Vargas

Falcon EDF Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada

Paper No. IPC2000-172, pp. V001T05A015; 10 pages
  • 2000 3rd International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 1: Codes, Standards and Regulations; Design and Constructions; Environmental; GIS/Database Development; Innovative Projects and Emerging Issues
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October 1–5, 2000
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4024-5
  • Copyright © 2000 by ASME


Gulf Canada Resources Ltd operates oil processing and water re-injection facilities at Goose River, just South of Valleyview, Alberta. As the oil reservoir is drawn down, the water re-injection is a priority to keep oil production volumes up. The water re-injection pipelines & facilities are extensive & complex systems of headers & pumps at a production Battery, a fresh water Plant & two Satellites. All facilities & injection wells are interconnected by pipeline loops.

A study was undertaken to model the entire water injection system (pipelines & pumps), under a remote & Northern environment. The study included simulation of pipeline route information, flowrates, pressures & ground conditions at strategic locations such as wells & pump discharges. Based on existing conditions a model was configured & calibrated using actual field results. This model was then used to determine the best locations on the pipeline to install added pumping capacity to accommodate the new injection flow rates & pressures.

This paper describes the pipeline facilities and all the steps involved in optimizing the pipeline for water injection purposes. A full description of all facilities together with simulation & calibration techniques will be given in the paper.

Copyright © 2000 by ASME
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