Keep reading to learn more about oil and gas industry separators!
What is an Oil and Gas Separator?
An oil and gas production separator is a pressure vessel that is used for separating the fluid components of an oil and gas well stream into both gaseous and liquid constituents.
There are more separators on oil and gas locations or process facilities than any other type of process equipment. Sometimes they are called scrubbers, slug catchers, FWKO’s, centrifuges, and many other names.
Separators can be classified in two primary configurations; the position of the vessel and/or the number of fluids to be separated.
Each of the vessel orientations (horizontal or vertical) can be either 2-phase or 3-phase.
There are many different types of separators used successfully in the field, but most often, depending on the environment in which they are housed, they can be divided into the following categories:
There are two types of "phase categories" that separators can be grouped within:
- Gas/liquid two-phase separator
- Oil/gas/water three-phase separator
What Are Some Other Common Names for Oil and Gas Separators?
Some other common names that oil and gas separators are known by in the industry are as follows:
- Wellhead Separators
- Production Separators
- Test Separators
- Fuel Gas
- Compressor Scrubbers
- Pipeline Scrubbers
- Knockout Drums
- Flash Drums
Free Water Knockouts
A Deep Dive Into Oil and Gas Separator Classifications
Want to learn more about Horizontal, Vertical, 2 Phase, and 3 Phase oil and gas separator classifications?
Then click below and download our Oil and Gas Types of Separators guide!
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