gas-oil separator

gas-oil separator

[¦gas ¦ȯil ′sep·ə‚rād·ər]
(petroleum engineering)
An oil-field stock tank or series of tanks in which wellhead pressure is reduced so that the dissolved gas associated with reservoir oil is flashed off or separated as a separate phase. Also known as gas separator; oil-field separator; oil-gas separator; oil separator; separator.
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Printed material handed out by commission members explained that the additional money is for a gas-oil separator, required by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, but discovered after construction began.
There are four potential bottlenecks at which oil flow could be disrupted: gas-oil separators (large, expensive pieces of equipment), pipelines to terminals, large loading terminals (which are relatively few in number), and the Strait of Hormuz.
Gas-oil separators are highly specialized and expensive machines with long procurement lead times.