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‘Mini Plant’ Large Scale Three Phase Separator
The primary separation operation for crude oil occurs when the crude stream flows through a vessel of sufficient capacity to allow gravitational separation of the gas, liquid hydrocarbon and water phases. This process trainer blends air, water and refined oil to emulate a crude oil stream. This fluid mixture then flows into a horizontal separator vessel fabricated of clear PVC. Gas flow passes through a secondary vertical 2-phase separator, or knock-out ports to remove any further liquids from the gas stream. The separator is equipped with industry-typical process instrumentation. The entire trainer is controlled from a distributed control system (DCS).
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Equipment Specification Highlights:
  • Clear Acrylic/PVC separator vessels and process piping where possible
  • 2 off 760 x 2150 mm (30” dia. x 84”) Acrylic horizontal separator vessels
  • Electronic process measurement available in 4-20ma, 4-20mA with HART, Profibus PA or
  • Level Measurement (choice of) - Bypass Chamber Magnetic, capacitance, ultrasonic, displacer, and guided wave radar
  • Pressure measurement
  • Flow Measurement (choice of) - Vortex, Swirl, Averaging Pitot, DP Orifice, Magflow, Ultrasonic and Turbine meters
  • High-level (2 types) and pressure switches
  • Centrifugal pump for water and gear pump for oil, both with variable speed drive
  • On skid oil and water storage tanks
  • Complete unit mounted on a steel structure/skid
  • Completely mounted on a steel structure/skid (3 parts for transport, approx.. 5m x 3m x 3m)
  • Approximate dimensions of assembled process skid – 10m long x 3m wide x 5 m high. Dimensions may be adjusted based on room size and layout
  • Variable speed roots type air blower mounted on skid
  • With an ESD system and Flame scanner Fire and Gas System
  • Available in all world voltages/frequencies (customer to specify electrical power available)
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Process Highlights:
  • Continuously variable flow of process fluids: air, water, and oil
  • Liquids are recycled, and air is vented
  • Time to reach a steady state after a reasonable step change – less than 20 minutes
Controls Options:
  • Industrial Standard PLC/SCADA or DCS
  • Instruments by specific manufacturers on request

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