Liquid Level Control: How to Maintain Interface in Rapidly Changing Production Fluid

how does Proudction Fluid affect level control? 

The chemistry of a well’s production can change rapidly. This is especially common in early production as the well goes through the flowback phase before production normalizes.

This makes it challenging to maintain the correct float buoyancy inside the separator. 

As production changes, an operator may be forced to shut-in the vessel and re-weight the liquid level float multiple times in order to maintain liquid level interface. 

This shut-in and re-weighting process consumes valuable resources and subsequently leads to costly downtime.

The “Just Grab Something” Approach

To adjust for this, some operators may use piping, buckets filled with rocks, and other random items lying around their production site to hold the float up.

Adding this weight on the arm makes the float more buoyant to deal with the changing density. However, this trial-and-error method is inefficient and hard to repeat.

Kimray Standard Solution

In response to this issue, Kimray has created a standard, repeatable solution.

Kimray threaded weights, like the kind used on our Weight Operated Dump Valves Valves, can be bolted to the trunnion lever bar of the liquid level float. You can easily adjust or remove these as the density of the fluid changes without shutting in the vessel.

If the standard arm and weight do not provide enough buoyancy, we also offer longer arms and heavier weights.

Now, rather than frustrating downtime, you have a standard, simple solution in place to deal with this problem

To discuss this solution for your operation, contact your local Kimray representative.