Predicting hydrate forming pressure of pure alkanes in the presence of inhibitors

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Bahadori, A, Vuthaluru, HB, Mokhatab, S & Tade, MO 2008, 'Predicting hydrate forming pressure of pure alkanes in the presence of inhibitors', Journal of natural Gas Chemistry, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 249-255.

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An inherent problem with natural gas production or transmission is the formation of gas hydrates, which can lead to safety hazards for production/transportation systems, and substantial economic risks. Hydrate inhibition with different inhibitors such as, methanol, ethylene glycol (EG), triethylene glycol (TEG), and sodium chloride solution continues to play a critical role in many operations. An understanding of when the hydrates form in the presence of these hydrate inhibitors, is therefore necessary to overcome hydrate problems. Several thermodynamic models have been proposed for predicting the hydrate formation conditions in aqueous solutions containing methanol/glycols and electrolytes. However, available models have limitations that include the types of liquid, compositions of fluids, and inhibitors used. The aim of this study is to develop a simple-to-use correlation for accurate prediction of hydrate-forming pressures of pure alkanes in the presence of different hydrate inhibitors, where the obtained results illustrate good agreement with the reported experimental data.

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