Oil, Water & Gas

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Primary Liquid Densitometer to be re-instated

Work is underway to re-instate the Primary Liquid Densitometer at NEL. This will enable NEL to enhance its services and improve the accuracy of the measurements it offers for the calibration of industrial densitometers.

“The work began in December 2017 and a review of current NEL density calibrations systems has been undertaken,” says Principal Consultant, Dr Norman Glen. “We have also started the process of upgrading relevant system control and data-processing software. The project is scheduled to finish in May.”

According to Norman, this nationally important project will re-establish traceability to primary standards for liquid density measurement at elevated temperatures and pressures.

“Our approach uses Archimedes’ principle,” Norman explains. “It measures the apparent mass of a reference body (made from fused silica) in the fluid that we are trying to determine the density of.”

“This work has become a priority due to the demands for enhanced accuracy at elevated pressures that our new era multi-phase test facility will bring,” says Norman. “We are also seeing requests from meter manufacturers for enhanced density calibration services for next-generation industrial density measurement devices.”

At present NEL uses reference fluids to establish density and there is no direct chain of traceability to primary standards. Whilst this is adequate for most purposes (e.g. calibration of industrial densitometers with an uncertainty of the order of 0.5 to 0.8 %), it is not acceptable for use in primary standard applications.

The use of reference fluids adds an additional source of uncertainty. The completion of the Primary Liquid Densitometer project will allow this uncertainty to be removed, resulting in lower overall uncertainties and improved measurements for industry.

“Highly accurate knowledge of the density of a fluid and its variation with temperature and pressure is particularly important in the oil and gas sector,” explains Norman. “This is because volumetric flow measurement devices are used but mass is the quantity required for reporting. Highly accurate density information is needed to convert one to the other.”

For more details, contact Dr. Norman Glen

 

Updated 15 February 2018

Posted by Kay Morrison on 01/02/18 at 12:19 PM
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

UKAS accreditation praises performance of EPAT facility

The recent UKAS accreditation (calibration no. 0009) of NEL’s facilities highlighted the performance of the lab’s new Elevated Pressure and Temperature (EPAT) test facility.

“This was the first time the UKAS team had visited when the EPAT facility was operational over its full temperature and pressure range,” says Head of Test and Calibration, Phil Mark. “They spent a full day assessing the facility and were very impressed with its performance and its stability at the extremes of its operating range.”

The reassessment audit took place at the end of 2017 and looked at all aspects of NEL’s activity that fall under the ISO 17025 standard - the main ISO standard used by testing and calibration laboratories. The audit took four days and involved seven UKAS auditors.

“We have held accreditation to ISO 17025 for many years,” says Phil. “It is a fundamental requirement that underpins our work and allows us to deliver our services.  Our staff were available to help the UKAS team. In all, over 20 person-days went into the audit.”

The EPAT facility allows industry to match operating conditions that have been difficult to reproduce until now. The facility can calibrate flowmeters at temperatures between 20 °C and 80 °C, at flow rates between 0.5 – 100 l/s and at fluid pressures between 4 - 93 bar (g).

The facility is the first of its kind in the UK to offer meter calibrations at these elevated temperatures and pressures. It allows meter calibrations to take place at conditions that are close to those found in the field and so reduces metering uncertainties. It gives NEL’s industry clients confidence that the meters they have deployed in the field are reading accurately.

Since it was commissioned, the EPAT rig has been used for a wide variety work including the re-calibration of meters, product development work and research for the National Measurement System.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the sole national accreditation body for the United Kingdom. UKAS is recognised by government, to assess organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.

For more information, contact Phil Mark.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 31/01/18 at 03:47 PM
Monday, January 22, 2018

R&D underpins new JIP to drive development of unmanned and subsea installations

Early 2018 will see the initiation of a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to help drive forward the development of unmanned and subsea installations.

“The priority for the JIP will be to develop guidance for accepting online monitoring for produced water discharge compliance reporting on unmanned and subsea installations,” says the Principle Consultant, Dr Ming Yang.

According to Ming, subsea separation and produced water re-injection (PWRI) and / or discharge forms an integral part of the subsea processing strategy. It offers many economic, operational and environmental benefits. The economic benefit is best demonstrated by Statoil, who installed the world’s first full-scale subsea separation system at its Tordis field in the North Sea. Statoil estimated that the system’s installation would enable the company to achieve an additional total field oil recovery of 6%, which is equivalent to an extra 26 million bbl of oil.

Despite these advances, a key issue is still the lack of subsea water quality measurement instruments.  Significant time and effort by operators, vendors, government bodies and independent organisations like NEL over the past 10 years has made progresses. The industry is now ready for marinization (testing of products specifically for use and long-term survival in the harsh marine environment) followed by environmental tests and then field trials.

Separately, to make subsea produced water discharge possible, regulatory requirements will need to be developed specifically for subsea applications. An important aspect will be deciding how a subsea online oil-in-water monitor and its results can be accepted for regulatory compliance reporting purposes. This point also applies to surface unmanned installations where an online oil-in-water monitor is used for discharge reporting purposes. Currently no official guidance is available. 

The JIP will address the above issues and develop guidance for the industry.

Ming will be presenting a paper in March at OTC Asia 2018 in Kuala Lumpur on the topic. In the presentation, he will provide an overview of the recent progresses in the development of subsea water quality measurement instruments and highlight the need for the new JIP.

For more details, contact Dr Ming Yang.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 22/01/18 at 11:02 AM
Friday, January 05, 2018

Engineering Doctorate research project makes breakthrough thanks to industry partnership

Research being carried out under the NEL/Coventry University EngD programme is developing a process that will improve the performance of Coriolis metering technology in real-world conditions. This breakthrough has been made possible thanks to an ongoing partnership with a leading meter manufacturer.

Over the past two years, Control Systems and Software Developer Gordon Lindsay has been researching how ambient air temperature fluctuations can distort the data output from Coriolis Flow Meters.

“Results obtained using our Very Low Flow single phase facility, have clearly shown significant drift in the calculated fluid density when a Coriolis meter is subjected to fluctuations in the temperature of surrounding ambient air,” Gordon says.

“Using the high-resolution data sets obtained from this test program, we’ve been developing a solution to live compensate for these ambient temperature effects,” he explains. “We have developed a set of intelligent temperature correction algorithms that account for a wide range of variables and work over a range of fluid types.”

According to Gordon, his link-up with an industrial partner has allowed him to gather significantly more data. “We were given access to the company’s meters and the internal calculations that underpin their operation,” he says. “This allowed us a deep understanding of the processes involved.”

The research is now moving into its final stage, which will include a programme of blind-testing. This will be done over 2018.

The research is specific to one type of Coriolis meter, but it could be extrapolated to other sizes and variants. The algorithms Gordon is developing will give end users confidence that the fluid density reported by a meter is stable and that the performance of any system relying on such a meter (such as a PID control system) will not be adversely affected when the ambient air temperature surrounding the meter varies. The potential cost savings that will result from more efficient control and monitoring of fluid processes are considerable.

The four-year Engineering Doctorate (EngD) that Gordon is following is supported by expertise from Coventry University and NEL.

For more details, contact Gordon Lindsay

Posted by Kay Morrison on 05/01/18 at 03:21 PM
Thursday, January 04, 2018

Middle East conferences raise NEL profile and provide market data

In November, NEL used two high-profile conferences in the Middle East to engage with key regional businesses and agencies and to promote NEL services and UK expertise. The events were the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC 2017) and the 3rd Kuwait 3rd Flow Measurement Technology Conference for Oil & Gas. The conferences highlighted a number of key opportunities for the lab and for UK companies.

NEL’s team at both events was made up of Technical Consultant, Dr Asaad Kenbar, and Senior Consultant Dr Bruno Pinguet.

In Kuwait, Asaad and Bruno delivered three technical conference papers to highlight NEL’s expertise to delegates, who were mainly drawn from the flow metrology sector.

“The presentations attracted many interesting questions and reinforced NEL’s position as one of the foremost authorities on flow measurement worldwide,” says Asaad. “One of the papers introduced an EMPIR project that is looking at metrological support for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) as transport fuels. Openings in the Middle East exist in this area of work. For example, Kuwait is a significant importer of LNG and has a new LNG terminal planned.”

The other papers delivered in Kuwait highlighted the importance of calibration at field conditions, which NEL’s newly developed Elevated Temperature and Pressure Facility (EPAT) facility makes possible, and a new multi-parameter measurement system developed by NEL for heavy oil applications.

Asaad and Bruno were also part of the Scottish Development International (SDI) pavilion at ADIPEC, which provided opportunities for networking and market research.

“ADIPEC was a massive event, gave us access to a wide range of relevant exhibitors and allowed us to collect key market intelligence,” says Asaad. “For example, we gathered information on regulatory issues, such as how often flow meters in the region have to be calibrated, and on key sales channels and markets. We will be processing this and using it to focus our approach in the region.”

For more details, contact Dr Asaad Kenbar.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 04/01/18 at 03:20 PM
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New Centre of Excellence driving growth in facility design work

Global interest in the current development of NEL’s new £16million Centre of Excellence (CoE) for subsea development has led to an increase in the number of enquiries for facility design services. Several consultancy projects of this type are now underway for clients in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

“Thanks to the international significance of the new facility, news of its build has been disseminated and picked up around the world,” says Thomas McCudden, Head of Sales & Marketing. “This has highlighted NEL’s expertise in facility design. As a result, we have had a lot of interest from both governmental bodies and private companies who want our input into the development of new test and research facilities.”

Current facility design projects being developed include joint ventures with government agencies in Saudi Arabia and Qatar and a feasibility study for the gas transmission company Eustream, which operates in the Slovak Republic.

“Eustream has approached us with a view to developing a study for a calibration facility in the country, which has historically been the main route for gas from Russia to Western Europe,” explains Thomas. “The scope for the work that is being discussed prior to finalisation of contract includes Concept Definition and Front-End Engineering Definition (FEED).”

“On projects of this kind, an NEL project team looks at the technical requirements and the client’s aims and objectives,” explains Thomas. “They can then give advice on aspects such as design, technology, costs and timings, supplies and logistics.”

The work on NEL’s CoE has been promoted by Scottish Enterprise (SE) partly as a way to generate jobs in Scotland. SE itself contributed a £4.9 million research and development grant to help with the development of the new facility.

Construction of the new CoE began in September 2017 and the base building is anticipated to be completed by April 2018. The new high pressure multiphase flow test facility will have the largest test range in the world, positioning Scotland as a world leader in multiphase flow measurement. It will incorporate a range of unique equipment, including a £1.45 million gravity separator.

For more details, contact Thomas McCudden

Posted by Kay Morrison on 03/01/18 at 03:18 PM
Thursday, December 07, 2017

Successful Flow Course underpins Knowledge Transfer commitment

One of UK’s longest running and most widely respected flow metrology training courses had another successful run in November, attracting participants from leading companies and metrology organisations. The success of the Principles and Practice of Flow Measurement Training Course underlines NEL’s commitment to supporting industry through scientifically robust knowledge transfer, delivered in a way that is not biased towards any specific technology or company.

“This course is set-up as an introduction to the basics of flow measurement,” explains Consultant Craig Marshall, who delivered the course along with colleagues Neil Bowman and Marc MacDonald. “It has been developed to meet industry needs and is part of the graduate training scheme of a number of companies. It also attracts experienced technicians looking to get a refresher.”

The 2017 course received good feedback from participants, who particularly liked its mix of technical content and hands-on lab demonstrations. All participants gave it the highest overall assessment rating: Very Good.

“The course gave participants the opportunity to gain significant practical experience using our cutting-edge equipment,” explains Craig. “For example, they got to install an innovative clamp-on meter. They also got the chance to see our world-class facilities and the unique technology and capabilities that we offer.”

The course’s eight modules covered everything from the Basics of Fluid Flow through to Multiphase Flow Measurement. One very popular element was the unique Flow Measurement Game that participants played.

“This is a logic game in which we challenge participants to design a variety of metering system for an offshore oil platform,” says Craig. “They are presented with details of the platforms’ inputs and outputs and are given a working budget. This gets them to understand the commercial decisions that have to be taken when choosing and implementing metering technology.”

Companies that participated in the course included National Grid, Petrofac, Spirax Sarco Ltd, Suncor Energy Inc. and Yokogawa UK Ltd and the Norwegian Metrology Service.

The Principles and Practice of Flow Measurement Training Course has been running for over 30 years. It is usually run twice a year in May and November.

For more details, contact Craig Marshall.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 07/12/17 at 03:05 PM
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Metering review to provide vital information for the future development of UK shale gas fields

A research project looking at the options for measuring the output of hydraulic fracturing wells has started. Over the next few months a team from NEL will be assessing the strengths and weaknesses of current and potential technology and researching how best to improve accuracy and reduce costs.

“If we get into a situation where there is medium to large-scale fracking in the UK, then our report will provide advice on the best way to accurately and cost-effectively measure the production of wells,” says Alick MacGillivray, who is the technical lead on the project.

Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, is a technique used in the extraction of gas from shale rock formations by injecting water at high pressure. It is moving forward in parts of the UK, although it has been rejected in Scotland due to environmental and political concerns.

The NEL research project is focusing on the measurement of the gas and oil mixture that comes out at the well head. According to Alick there are two main options for this type of measurement. The first is to adopt conventional single phase measurement approaches such as Coriolis or ultrasonic meters. The second is to use multiphase measurement technology, which can be a very expensive option.

“We think that the conventional approach is probably feasible in situations where the output of a well contains up to 5% gas,” Alick explains. “However, above this we think that multiphase is probably the best choice.”

To get the information they need for their study, Alick and his team will be speaking to a wide range of hydraulic fracturing operators. They will be looking particularly closely at the fast-developing American experience and hope to visit the Upstream Production Measurement Forum (to be held in Houston, Texas in the spring) to speak to those operating at the cutting edge of this technology.

The team’s overall target is to finish their research in Spring 2018. The project may lead on to a full-scale meter testing programme later that year.

For more details, contact Alick MacGillivray.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 06/12/17 at 03:08 PM
Thursday, November 30, 2017

North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop highlights growth of industry collaboration

The recent North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop provided an effective opportunity for attendees to network and learn about current challenges facing the oil and gas sector.

The 2017 event, which was organized by Tekna and took place in October in Tønsberg, Norway, attracted nearly 200 delegates from around the world with its focus on the practical application of flow measurement technology.

“This globally important event always provides an important platform for researchers and industry to get together, and this year was no exception,” says Dr Emmelyn Graham, who was one of a team from NEL which gave presentations at the Workshop. “What was particularly striking was the impression that operators are working together more than they have in the past to share their experiences. This collaboration will hopefully drive better metering performance for the industry.”

Emmelyn, who presented on the installation effects on Venturi tubes in wet-gas flow conditions, noted other indications of increased industry collaboration, especially in multiphase meter development, where users and manufacturers are now working more closely together than ever in an effort to enhance performance.

“It was also very interesting to get the operator experience of virtual metering,” adds Emmelyn. “It was good to get their perspective on this fast-growing technology and to hear directly from them about the challenges that must be addressed.

Other NEL participants included Bruno Pinguet, who presented on the use of multiphase flow meters and Asaad Kenbar, who presented a paper on behalf of Craig Marshall about research on a differential pressure meter for low Reynolds number applications.

The 2017 event included presentations and discussions on the latest metering technology. Around 30 exhibitors showcased their newest technology. The workshop’s programme addressed key issues and drivers, such as the new economic realities that industry is facing, the challenge of reducing cost, uncertainty and environmental pressures.

Next year’s North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop will be held in Aberdeen for the first time. As always when the workshop takes place in the UK, it will be organised by NEL.

For more information, contact Dr Emmelyn Graham.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 30/11/17 at 11:33 AM
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Meter testing highlights importance of flexibility and expertise

A recent programme of flow meter testing for a leading well flow management company has highlighted the value that clients place on NEL’s flexibility and expertise. The test programme, which assessed the performance of meter technology under heavy oil applications, ran smoothly and delivered positive results which the client found particularly interesting.

“Overall the client was very satisfied with the way the testing went and was keen to feed that message back to me,” says John Dods, Sales Coordinator. “Among the positive aspects highlighted by the client was the expertise of our technical team and the importance of our shift patterns, which allowed the required testing durations.”

“The client commented that our approach provided a much more flexible working environment,” says John. “This was in comparison with other labs that tend to work on a more restricted schedule. As this is the first time that this client has used us, it was very useful to get such positive feedback.”

The company has indicated that it is now compiling a matrix for further tests to be carried out on its meter, this time in NEL’s multiphase facility.

“Discussion about this second phase of testing underlines the positive experience the client had at NEL,” says John. “As with all our clients, we now look forward to establishing a long-term working partnership with them.”

For more details, contact John Dods.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 28/11/17 at 11:26 AM
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Flow Programme moving forward strongly after positive Annual Review meeting

At the beginning of November, NEL met with representatives from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Programme Experts Group (PEG) to review performance of the Flow Programme over the last 12 months. This important strategic meeting also agreed the key issues that should be addressed as part of the new body of Flow Programme work to be undertaken from March 2018.

“The meeting was really positive both in terms of the feedback we got on past and current work and in terms of the direction we have mapped out for future research,” says Operations Director, Mark Roscoe. “Perhaps most importantly, we received a strong recognition that we are undertaking a solid portfolio of research work which reflects industry needs.

At the meeting, there was general agreement that NEL is heading in the right direction with its programme of modernisation for the National Standard facilities. There was also acknowledgement that NEL has done excellent work in developing co-funding for its research work and facility developments.

According to Mark, one other highlight of the meeting included positive feedback on the Eng. D programme that NEL runs with Coventry University. This currently supports nine NEL employees and three external students who are developing their flow metrology expertise through a programme of research. It was agreed that this programme should be further developed and that discussions should be had on the steps needed to move towards a Doctoral Training Centre.

NEL also presented impact roadmaps for ISO5167 (Differential Pressure) and Multiphase research, which were well received. These demonstrated how sustained R & D in these areas will have significant positive impacts for industry over many years.

The Flow Programme is part of the UK’s Engineering and Flow Programme, which underpins measurements of length, mass, density, force, gears and flow in the country. NEL is responsible for the flow measurement aspects of the Programme.  This involves a major programme of research, development and knowledge dissemination concerning leading edge flow measurement challenges.

For more details, contact Mark Roscoe.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 22/11/17 at 03:03 PM
Thursday, November 16, 2017

New collaboration moves South East Asia Flow Measurement Conference forward

A new collaboration between NEL and two leading calibration and accreditation organisations is set to enhance the next South East Asia Flow Measurement Conference, due to take place in March 2018, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The collaboration is with Colorado Engineering Experiment Station, Inc. (CEESI), which performs calibration for numerous types of flow meters and fluids, and DNV GL, one of the leading global providers of accredited management systems certification and training. Petronas, Malaysia’s oil and gas multinational, will also be involved in the technical committee that reviews abstracts and selects papers for the conference.

The Flow Measurement Conference is an annual event that has been running for over 15 years. It has traditionally been organised by NEL in association with the Malaysian Oil and Gas Services Council (MOGSC) and the Malaysian Measurement and Allocation Working Group (MAWG).

This new partnership will bring a more rounded business perspective to the event, help deliver the strongest technical programme and provide access to a global network of flow measurement expertise and research knowledge. It has been put in place with the aim of growing the event and to help create more opportunities for joint working between US and European companies and their counterparts in South East Asia.

This conference is the only major forum dedicated to addressing the changes in flow measurement practice and technology which affect the region. It brings together individuals from the entire supply chain, including operators, service and supply companies, manufacturers, consultants and regulators. It delivers training, technical presentations, showcases new technology and provides excellent networking opportunities.

The 2018 conference will cover all aspects of flow measurement, including key industry-focused topics such as cost savings, field optimisation and multiphase metering.

For more details, join the Linkedin group or contact Craig Marshall.

 

Updated 22/11/17

Posted by Kay Morrison on 16/11/17 at 03:19 PM
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CFD analysis allows cost-effective metering improvements in North Sea

Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis of flare lines aboard a major offshore oil and gas facility in the North Sea, has provided its operator with a cost-effective and fast mechanism to improve the accuracy of its metering.

“NEL was contracted by the client to investigate potential metering errors due to installation effects in an ultrasonic flare gas metering system,” says CFD Team Manager, Marc Laing, who led the research. “We have supplied the client with correction factors that they can program into their flow computers to improve the accuracy of their measurements. This removes the need to make any costly and time-consuming engineering changes such as removing and re-positioning meters.”

According to Marc, the challenge facing the operator is a common one for many offshore installations where there are space constraints. The solution provided could therefore be of relevance to many operators.

“It is often the case that meter installations cannot be optimally positioned and this leads to problems such as asymmetry and swirl being present at the measurement point,” he explains. “This is a particular problem for ultrasonic meters, which are known to be sensitive to distortions in the velocity flow profile. Potentially, this can result in a reduction in measurement performance and accuracy.”

The CFD analysis involved evaluating the mean axial ultrasonic transducer path velocity in the installed system. This was then compared with the mean path velocity in an ideal setup where the meter has been given the required upstream length to allow the flow profile to fully develop.

The analysis was performed for both high and low pressure flare lines. A range of scenarios were modelled that represented the range of flow conditions that were experienced in the system. These were based on flowrate data and fluid properties, supplied by the client.

For more details, contact Marc Laing.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 15/11/17 at 03:00 PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Louisiana Expo allows international links to be made

The recent 2017 LAGCOE Exposition provided superb networking opportunities to reach a diverse range of international oil and gas professionals.  This resulted in the identification of several research projects and joint ventures. The event was held between the 24th and 26th October in Lafayette, Louisiana, which is home to thousands of companies in the energy supply chain.

“Talking to people at the conference, there seemed to be a renewed confidence in the market which was encouraging to see,” says CFD Team Manager, Marc Laing, who represented NEL at the event and helped staff the Scottish Development International (SDI) stand. “Alongside lots of enquiries about our capabilities, a significant number of business opportunities arose. For example, we are now following up a function-testing project for new valve technology and talking to a manufacturer who is interested in supplying instrumentation to our new multiphase test facility.”

For Marc, one of the key strengths of the Expo was the opportunity to meet flow measurement professionals from all over the world.

“For example, there was a SDI networking event,” he says. “This attracted lots of international interest, including a delegate from the Turkish oil and gas sector who was discussing the joint venture and other opportunities that are flowing from the country’s current investment in his sector.”

Marc also held discussions with Global Scot members. “They highlighted key channels of entry to the US and other countries,” he says, explaining that Global Scots are international business people who have a link or affinity to Scotland. “We discussed what opportunities existed within their companies to use NEL and other Scottish businesses.”

LAGCOE is one of the world's pioneer oil and gas industry expositions. It was established in 1955 and is held biennially to showcase onshore and offshore energy industry products and services. LAGCOE 2017 welcomed more than 10,000 attendees from 21 countries and across the U.S. Attendees had access to more than 360 exhibitors, and enjoyed keynote presentations and technical sessions from world leaders in the onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry.

SDI offers tailored support to companies looking to invest in Scotland. It is the international arm of Scotland’s enterprise agencies and offers significant financial incentives and other assistance.

For more details, contact Marc Laing.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 14/11/17 at 03:34 PM
Thursday, October 05, 2017

ISCF funded multiphase research now underway

Work has begun on an important piece of new research funded under the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). The research aims to develop traceable methodology and standards for the in-situ verification of multiphase flow meters.

“The project has been launched and we have started on the first major step of the research,” says Project Manager, David Crawford. “We are developing a new in-situ technique for establishing relevant fluid properties like density, mass absorption coefficients and viscosity without the need for physical samples. This is vital, as multiphase flow meter performance is highly dependent upon knowledge of fluid properties.”

The ISCF-funded research addresses a major challenge affecting many industries. This is the fact that real-world conditions can affect the performance of flow sensors, causing significant errors. This problem is particularly challenging for oil and gas companies that have to measure complex multiphase fluid mixtures in remote and inaccessible environments.

“The challenge for flow measurement is to take the process of calibration and verification from the laboratory and move it to the ‘in-situ’ location,” says David. “, we are aiming to develop an approach to the verification of flow meter performance that accounts for real-world influences and allows users to have ongoing confidence in the measurements they receive. The applications of this research will be many and varied, from upstream oil and gas production and reactor control in nuclear power, to food and beverage production control.”

The research will include the development of methods and protocols to translate performance under laboratory conditions to industry operating conditions. It will also involve developing, testing and validating new state-of-the-art sensor technologies to determine the quality of measurements both in-situ and in real time.

NEL is in discussions with Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde Universities, CENSIS and Schlumberger Cambridge about this research.

The in-situ flow measurement research project is one of two ISCF-funded projects currently running at NEL. The other is focusing on the measurement of hydrogen gas when it is used as a vehicle fuel. The ISCF is a strategic element of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. The fund is being delivered by Innovate UK and the Research Councils.

For more details, contact us.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 05/10/17 at 09:00 AM