Debottlenecking: unlocking production potential through cost-effective solutions – Christopher Bennie of EXPRO

November 2017

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Debottlenecking: unlocking production potential through cost-effective solutions

Christopher Bennie, Product Specialist, Expro


chris-bennie_croppedChris Bennie is a Process Engineer who has worked internationally and has extensive experience in the provision of fast track modular production facilities, both from a design perspective through to installation, commissioning and troubleshooting.

Chris graduated in Chemical Engineering from Edinburgh University and started his career with Hanover in the USA, specialising in modular gas plants. He then moved to the UAE with Exterran, to lead the Process Engineering activities on modular cryogenic gas plants.

Since then Chris has worked with Weatherford to deliver Early Production Facilities into Iraq and subsequently performed a similar role with Expro.

In his current post, Chris is Expro’s Product Specialist for Production Enhancement products .His main focus is on the business development activities for late field life technologies, in particular modular packages designed to address problems such as: idle/low pressure wells, high water cuts and facilities upgrades.

Time: 6.30-8.30pm Registration and networking from 6pm, with the event starting at 6.30pm

Venue: Aberdeen Douglas Hotel, 43-45 Market Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5EL


Produced water is an industry challenge which affects the whole production process. As production rates decline and produced water rates increase, existing facilities may need modification to handle increased water capacity. Vessel modification demands considerable engineering costs and loss of revenue due to shut-downs. In most cases there is also limited space available.

As an alternative, a bulk water removal system provides a compact solution to separate bulk water from the well stream. The bulk water removal system produces a clean water stream which will meet the specifications for the produced water facility and returns the oily stream to the existing productions separator vessel.

Chris will discuss a case study where a bulk water removal system comprising of a preseparation hydrocyclone and a deoiling hydrocyclone was installed and tested offshore.

The following results were observed:

  1. Removal of > 80% of the water from the well stream.
  2. Removal of oil from the produced water stream





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