Continue injecting methanol at maximum rate taking note of the THP at all times as this could begin to rise with the fluid injection.
If during injection of methanol no increase in THP is observed (this will indicate that the tubing is not completely blocked), begin to bleed down the tubing taking careful note of the volume and type of returns.
If during injection of methanol an increase in THP is observed (this will indicate that the tubing is blocked, then bleed down the THP to the point below the bubble point so as to create a gas cap above the hydrate. Methanol injected will then stand a better chance of reaching the hydrate.
Present techniques for prevention of hydrates are mainly geared to a live well with a gas cap in the tubing. This allows methanol introduced at the Xmas Tree to gravitate down to the hydrate level, and therefore act directly on top of a hydrate, should it occur.
The risk is that if pressure is bled down from one side of a hydrate it will begin to dissolve. As it dissolves, differential pressure can act upon one side of the plug and may cause it to be dislodged at considerable velocity. Bleeding down can be effective in dissolving a hydrate, but it is not recommended as a routine practice. However, once a full column of fluid (preferably methanol) has been established above the hydrate plug then bleeding down the pressure above to destroy the hydrate can be considered. The full column of liquid will act as a cushion and prevent the dissolved plug achieving high velocities caused by the differential pressure across it.
Although methanol is a more effective hydrate inhibitor than Glycol, it is not, however, a first choice for injection at the wireline lubricator or flowhead during well operations, as it dissolves sealing greases and may cause loss of seal in a grease head. Also injecting glycol without any form of atomisation may result in the glycol adhering to the wall of the tubing/lubricator, and will not effectively absorb free water being lifted through gas by the wireline.
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