The design of production systems of gas fields has been a difficult task because of the nonlinear nature of optimization problem and the complex interactions between each operational parameter. Conventional methods, which usually are stated in precise mathematical forms, cannot include the uncertainties regarding vague or imprecise information in the objective and constraint functions. This paper proposes a fuzzy nonlinear programming approach to accommodate these uncertainties and applies to a variety of optimization processes. Specifically, the fuzzy λ -formulation is combined with a hybrid co-evolutionary genetic algorithm for an optimal design of gas production systems. Both the multiple conflicting objective and constraint functions for production systems of gas field are formulated in a feasible fuzzy domain. Then, the genetic algorithm is used as a primary optimization scheme for solving optimum gas production rates of each well and pipeline segment diameters to minimize investment cost with given constraints in order to enhance ultimate recovery. The synthetic optimization method can find a globally compromise solution and offer a new alternative with significant improvement over the existing conventional techniques. It has been successfully applied to a wide variety of operational problems including well rate allocation and optimal design of pipeline networks. The reliability of the proposed approach is validated by a synthetic practical example yielding more improved results, offering a powerful tool for cost savings in future planning and the optimization of gas production operations.
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 2006|
|Event||Society of Petroleum Engineers, 68th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition, incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2006, EAGE 2006: Opportunities in Mature Areas - Vienna, Austria|
Duration: 12 Jun 2006 → 15 Jun 2006
|Conference||Society of Petroleum Engineers, 68th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition, incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2006, EAGE 2006: Opportunities in Mature Areas|
|Period||12/06/06 → 15/06/06|