Hydrates – solid, ice-like crystals that form from water in natural gas pipelines and processing facilities can inflict serious consequences. To combat hydrate formation, operators inject methanol, which lowers the freezing point of water and eliminates freeze-ups. For a network system that consists of hundreds of miles of pipelines across varying terrains, predicting how much methanol to inject and where to inject it is a particularly complex task.
By leveraging simulation data from PIPESIM, a steady-state multiphase flow simulator, Geminus developed a surrogate of an example pipeline network to capture system hydraulics with high accuracy. Download the full case study to learn more.