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Petroleum Production Systems, Second Edition by A. Daniel Hill, Christine Ehlig-Economides, Ding Zhu, Michael J. Economides

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Chapter 8. Flow in Horizontal Wellbores, Wellheads, and Gathering Systems

8.1. Introduction

This chapter is concerned with the transport of fluids in horizontal or near-horizontal pipes, including flow in horizontal wellbores and the flow from the wellhead to the facility where processing of the fluids begins. For oil production, this facility is typically a two- or three-phase separator; for gas production, the facility may be a gas plant, a compressor station, or simply a transport pipeline; and for injection wells, the surface transport of interest is from a water treating/pumping facility to the wells. We are not concerned here with pipeline transport over large distances; thus we do not consider the effect of hilly terrain or changes in ...

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