ASTM E1675 - 04(2012) - Standard Practice for Sampling Two-Phase Geothermal Fluid for Purposes of Chemical Analysis

ASTM E1675 - 04(2012)

Standard Practice for Sampling Two-Phase Geothermal Fluid for Purposes of Chemical Analysis

Status : Current   Published : January 2012



1.1 The purpose of this practice is to obtain representative samples of liquid and steam as they exist in a pipeline transporting two-phase geothermal fluids.

1.1.1 The liquid and steam samples are collected and properly preserved for subsequent chemical analysis in the field or an off-site analytical laboratory.

1.1.2 The chemical composition data generated from the analysis of liquid and steam samples may be used for many applications important to geothermal energy exploration, development, and the long-term managed exploitation of geothermal resources. These applications include, but are not limited to, resource evaluations such as determining reservoir temperature and the origin of reservoir fluids, compatibility of produced fluids with production, power generation and reinjection hardware exposed to the fluids (corrosivity and scale deposition potential), long-term reservoir monitoring during field exploitation, and environmental impact evaluations including emissions testing. To fully utilize the chemical composition data in the applications stated in 1.1.2, specific physical data related to the two-phase discharge, wellbore, and geothermal reservoir may be required. Mathematical reconstruction of the fluid chemistry (liquid and steam) to reservoir conditions is a primary requirement in many applications. At a minimum, this requires precise knowledge of the total fluid enthalpy and pressure or temperature at the sample point. Fluid reconstruction and computations to conditions different from the sample collection point are beyond the scope of this practice.

1.2 This practice is limited to the collection of samples from two-phase flow streams at pressures greater than 70 kPa gauge (10 psig) and having a volumetric vapor fraction of at least 20 %. This practice is not applicable to single-phase flow streams such as pumped liquid discharges at pressures above the flash point or superheated steam flows. Refer to Specification E947 for sampling single-phase geothermal fluids.

1.3 The sampling of geothermal fluid two-phase flow streams (liquid and steam) requires specialized sampling equipment and proper orientation of sample ports with respect to the two-phase flow line. This practice is applicable to wells not equipped with individual production separators.

1.4 In many cases, these techniques are the only possible way to obtain representative steam and liquid samples from individual producing geothermal wells. The sampling problems that exist include the following:

1.4.1 Unstable production flow rates that have a large degree of surging,

1.4.2 Unknown percentage of total flow that is flashed to steam or is continuously flashing through the production system,

1.4.3 Mineral deposition during and after flashing of the produced fluid in wellbores, production piping, and sampling trains,

1.4.4 Stratification of flow inside the pipeline and unusual flow regimes at the sampling ports, and

1.4.5 Insufficient flash fraction to obtain a steam sample.

1.5 This practice covers the sample locations, specialized sampling equipment, and procedures needed to obtain representative liquid and steam samples for chemical analysis.

1.6  This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazard statements, see Section 7.

Standard NumberASTM E1675 - 04(2012)
TitleStandard Practice for Sampling Two-Phase Geothermal Fluid for Purposes of Chemical Analysis
Publication Date12 January 2012
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
Descriptors Chemical analysis, Fluid chemistry, Geothermal resources, Two-phase geothermal fluids
File Size155.6 KB

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