The term conventional oil pertains to oil that can be extracted using traditional methods of drilling, compression, and pumping. Contrary to unconventional oil, conventional crude is liquid at room temperature and is less complex to extract. Its extraction process primarily consists of four phases:
Conventional oil lies at the forefront of numerous industries and its increasing demand warrants the creation of facilities that need end-to-end, cost-effective engineering solutions. Vista leverages its expertise in designing fit-for-purpose engineering solutions for conventional crude oil facilities to help clients meet their challenges.
Vista has extensive engineering design experience for conventional oil facilities. Our engineering capabilities include the development of oil batteries, tank farms, satellite, and gathering systems, as well as utilities and offsites. We have also provided detailed engineering studies on conventional oil extraction and handling processes and optimization.
Battery and Satellite Development
Oil batteries are groups of tanks interconnected to receive oil from wells. They remove water from the oil and treat the oil to decrease viscosity before it’s pumped into pipelines. Vista has extensive technical expertise in developing conventional oil batteries and satellites, with a particular focus on upgrading and debottlenecking projects.
Water Treatment and Desanding
Oil and gas facilities can generate large volumes of produced water containing organic and chemical compounds. This makes produced water treatment and management integral to the operation of conventional and heavy oil facilities. Deoiling and desanding equipment is used to remove oil and solids, which purifies and improves produced water quality, making it suitable for re-use in the facility.
Tankage, Infrastructure, and Processing Facilities
Crucial aspects of oil processing, tankage systems are key to sustaining the long-term profitability of conventional oil facilities. While some tanks are used to store oil generated by a well, other tanks serve waste management functions.
Equipment Selection and Procurement
To decrease operating costs for conventional oil facilities, proper strategies are required for the process of selecting and procuring equipment, goods, materials, and services. Vista’s data-centric approach to project execution is critical to the development of cost-effective procurement strategies.
Utilities and Offsites (U&O)
Utility and offsite support facilities are important components of any well-designed conventional oil plant. Typical U&O systems contain:
- Utilities: Cooling Water, Air and Water Systems, Steam and Power Generation, Natural Gas, Heat Medium, and Nitrogen
- Offsites: Wastewater Treatment/Disposal, Firewater System, Loading, and Unloading, Metering/Custody Transfer