A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Reduction of carbon footprint of the production and field transport of high-viscosity oils in the Arctic region

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Buslaev G., Morenov V., Konyaev Y., Kraslawski A.
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification
ISSN: 0255-2701
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


Despite the efforts to green the global economy, the non-renewable resources are still one of the major components of energy mix. The growing energy demand and depletion of deposits around the globe make the
production of oil in the Arctic region a more and more attractive option. However, heavy and high-viscosity oils
(HVO), typical for the Arctic region, require considerable amount of energy to be extracted. This, in turn, could
lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions producing more sever negative environmental impact than the
production of non-renewable resources in other regions of the world.
This research presents an approach designed to reduce carbon footprint related to hydrocarbons production in the Arctic region. The proposed method is based on the technology used to produce synthetic oil from associated petroleum gas and mixing it with the extracted crude oil. It allows decreasing the viscosity of produced oil, which facilitates oilfield exploitation,limits costly use of petroleum gas, and diminishes heat consumption needed for the transport of oil. The performed simulation using ASPEN Hysys shows that the carbon footprint of the proposed process will be lower by up to 24 % than the results obtained for the technology that is being currently used at the oilfields in the Arctic region.

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