A New Correlation for the Viscosity of Natural Gas


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A new equation for the viscosity of Natural Gas under Reservoir conditions has been developed. The equation was obtained by the analysis of experimental Pressure, Volume and Temperature (PVT) Data of Gas associated with Nigerian Crude Oil. The PVT Data were those of renowned companies that operate in Nigeria. The pressure ranged from 144 psia to 4100 psia, and a temperature variation between 130oF and 220oF. Comparison of the equation formulated in this work with experimental PVT viscosity gave an average absolute error of 1.55%, a maximum absolute error of 4.878% and a standard deviation of 1.29. A comparison of viscosity obtained from the charts of Carr et al and the equation of Lee et al with Nigerian PVT Viscosity showed that the new equation gave more accurate result. Since some Correlations perform better when applied to data from which they were derived, a further comparison test was performed. In this test, the new equation was used to solve two problems for which solutions by the method of Carr et al were available. The first problem from the Handbook of Natural Gas Engineering by Katz et al gave a viscosity of 1.158cp while the new equation gave 1.157cp. The second problem from Ikoku’s book (Natural Gas Production Engineering) gave a viscosity of 1.178cp and the new equation also gave 1.178cp. This closeness of the viscosity of the new equation to the values from the Carr et al method proved the applicability of the new equation to any type of Natural Gas.



Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 62-64)

Edited by:

Prof. A.O. Akii Ibhadode, A.I. Igbafe and B.U. Anyata






P.U. Ohirhian and I.N. Abu, "A New Correlation for the Viscosity of Natural Gas", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 62-64, pp. 474-483, 2009

Online since:

February 2009




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