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  • bernakesbrain bernakesbrain Jun 10, 2013 4:45 AM Flag

    Nat Gas Can Fluidize Oil Flow in Existing Pipeline

    Way to get natural gas to Valdez for export and keep pipeline full for more efficient operation. You can bet that pipeline engineers have already considered many scenarios for augmenting pipeline flow and fluidizing the oil viscosity which is lowered with entrained natural gas. Water flooding or carbon dioxide gas can be used for maintaining reservoir pressure if nat gas is exported. Nat gas in the oil saves building a separate pipeline just for gas. Breakout tanks at Valdez would separate fluids and gas. Koch Industries tapes flow at North Pole, Alaska for their 85,000 BPD refinery there. 60% of production is jet fuel for Alaska, also heating oil, gasoline and asphalt for Alaska market.

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