Slug lengths in pipelines
A new technology termed the multiphase production system deals with a search for low cost recovery schemes for offshore hydrocarbon fields. Applications of this system are to be found in TOTAL’S development programs in Indonesia, Argentina, Egypt, Thailand and the North Sea. The past and the future developments require an estimation of slug characteristics in order to facilitate downstream process designing. Slug length data from BHRG pipelines have been analyzed carefully by Dhulesia, Bernicot and Deheuvels (1991) and the superiority of the inverse Gaussian fit over the close competitors, the lognormal and the gamma laws has been established.