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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Aberdeen to host North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop for the first time

The call has gone out for papers for this year’s North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop which, for the first time ever, will be held in Aberdeen. The workshop is the premier flow measurement event for the oil and gas industry and will take place between the 22nd and 24th of October.

“The new location for the workshop reflects the evolving needs of the sector,” says Craig Marshall, who is Chairman of the Workshop and Technical Committee.  “It should be an easier place to get to and there will be options for day attendance, so we expect that the professional audience will be larger than in previous years. We have selected technical topics to ensure it’s going to be a good programme too.”

The theme of this year’s workshop is maximising economic recovery. The event’s technical committee is interested in papers representing all aspects of flow measurement, however the following topics are of particular interest: Optimising production from existing and near-field resources; developing frontier and deepwater areas; unlocking low-recovery reservoirs; achieving small-field optimisation; and deploying cost effective technology. To maintain the practical aspect of the event, case-study style papers and those led by end-users will be given priority.

Running for over 30 years and alternating its location between the UK and Norway, the North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop combines presentations, discussion sessions and exhibition areas. This event brings together individuals from the entire supply chain: operators, service and supply companies, manufacturers, consultants, regulators, researchers and standards bodies. It delivers technical presentations, showcases new technology and provides excellent networking opportunities.

 The 2018 Workshop is being run by NEL in association with Tekna, Norwegian Society for Oil and Gas Measurement.

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to join the discussion, get updates about the speaker programme and early notification of the registration process.  Download the flyer here.

Key dates:  Deadline for abstracts: 26 March 2018.

Workshop dates: 22 – 24 October 2018.

 Phone +44 1355 593704 or email events@tuv-sud.co.uk to be added to the priority information list.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 21/02/18 at 04:06 PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CFD analysis provides cost-effective way to close out audit findings

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis has been used to help a North Sea Operator close out the findings of an audit.  The audit had identified possible problems relating to the location of a gas chromatograph sampling probe.

Issues had been raised in relation to ISO 10715, the international standard that relates to the sampling of natural gas. This standard recommends that a sampling probe should be located a minimum of 20 pipe diameters downstream from any flow-disturbing elements such as elbows, headers, valves and tees.

“In this case, the probe did not meet these criteria,” CFD Team Manager Marc Laing explains, noting that the working environment of the device had changed since it had been installed.

Marc’s analysis showed that, even though the probe was incorrectly positioned with respect to the standard, there was good mixing at its sampling point. Its performance was found to be within acceptable parameters.

“Fundamentally,” Marc says, “the client is confident that our results are sufficient to convince the regulator that their equipment meets the required performance standards.”

The project highlights how CFD analysis can provide a cost-effective way to assess equipment that cannot easily be brought into a lab.

The equipment under scrutiny had been in place for many years. As it was on a remote facility in the North Sea there was no cost-effective way for it to be delivered to an on-shore lab for testing. CFD analysis was therefore the best option to resolve the challenge presented by the client’s audit findings.

According to Marc, the project was not without its challenges: “Modelling multiphase flow through a filter is quite challenging. In addition, the flow was not stable, so the calculations were transient, which added another set of complications. However, by combining our knowledge of multiphase flow conditions with flow simulation packages, we were able to take these issues into account.”

For more details, contact Marc Laing.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 20/02/18 at 04:05 PM
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
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Meter tests highlight independence and impartiality

A recent project undertaken for a leading Middle East oil exploration and production company has highlighted NEL’s international credibility as an independent test facility. The company asked NEL to do a series of blind comparison tests on water cut meters sourced from several different manufacturers.

“They came to us because we are not linked to any commercial body and have the credibility to carry out tests impartially,” says Phil Mark, NEL’s Group Manager for Testing Services.

The tests were done using a test matrix developed by the client to mimic the harsh conditions its equipment experiences in use. The manufacturers of the meters under test were in attendance to set-up their equipment and provide technical support. To ensure that the test results were impartial, manufacturers were not aware of the composition of the fluids flowing through the test rig and were not allowed to adjust their meters while the tests were being run.

As part of the project, NEL was visited by the client’s Head of Production Measurement.  He was at NEL’s test facility in East Kilbride for a week and witnessed the whole test process.

“He was impressed by our capabilities to replicate extreme field conditions,” says Phil. “We also provided full flexibility in terms of the liquids used for the tests and were able to meet the client’s specific requirements for the water component of the test fluids.”

The client is now moving forward in partnership with NEL and is going to be trialing NEL’s MeterVue system. This allows clients to remotely view live video of calibrations and other projects.

For more details, contact Phil Mark.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 23/01/18 at 11:15 AM
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
Monday, January 15, 2018

New Centre of Excellence driving growth in facility design work

Global interest in the current development of NEL’s new £16 million Centre of Excellence for subsea development has led to an increase in the number of enquiries for facility design services. A number of consultancy projects of this type are now being developed 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 that are 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.

“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.”

“We can offer a unique set of expertise and experience to our clients,” Thomas adds. “Our 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. We can therefore provide consultancy that draws on developments at the very cutting edge of what is possible.”

Construction of the new CoE began in September 2017 and the base building is anticipated to be completed by April 2018. It will incorporate a range of unique equipment, including a £1.45 million gravity separator.

For more details, contact Thomas McCudden

NEL new Centre of Excellence for subsea development- building progress

Posted by Kay Morrison on 15/01/18 at 12:00 PM
Friday, January 12, 2018

‘Global-first’ 2D X-ray system opens new horizons for research and commercial work in pipe flow

A substantial investment is being made in a unique piece of 2D flow visualisation technology that will significantly enhance NEL’s research and commercial capabilities.

“This is a global first,” says International Marketing & Technical Consultant, Dr Bruno Pinguet. “The device will allow us to look in unprecedented detail at the performance of meters and will open up exciting opportunities for all aspects of our work. We are customising this unique product to meet our needs and expect to be able to make it commercially available to clients by June 2018.”

The new system uses X-Ray tomography and is being provided by Flow Capture AS. This is a Norwegian-based company that has a particular expertise in X-ray systems and their application to industrial process flows.

NEL’s system is designed primarily for measuring multiphase flows in horizontal and vertical pipes and will be capable of determining the phase fractions within a multiphase pipe flow in real-time. It also offers extremely high-frequency data capture of over 150 frames per second.

“The main advantage of this system is its exemplary resolution,” says John Morgan, Project & Business Support Manager. “This is an exciting prospect considering the upcoming research agenda we are developing for our new Multiphase Centre of Excellence.”

“The potential uses and benefits of the system are clear,” John adds. “They include advancing complex multiphase fluid mechanics knowledge, reducing NEL’s flow loop uncertainties and improving the quality of factory acceptance testing for multiphase flow meters.”

The 2D X-ray tomography technology deployed in the device eliminates many of the limitations found in established approaches based on the electrical tomography operating principle (including limitations in image resolution and high-sensitivity to errors incurred by process fluid properties). It remains unaffected in conditions where electrical technologies would fail.

“The artefacts seen with Electrical Resistance Tomography (ERT) or Electrical Capacitance Tomography (ECT) are removed with this new approach,” says Bruno. “It will allow us to see flow as though we are seeing through the pipe.”

 For more details, contact Bruno Pinguet.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 12/01/18 at 04:14 PM
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Best year yet for webinar knowledge transfer programme

2017 was a successful year for the on-going webinar programme that provides a key element of NEL’s knowledge transfer work. Over the year, 15 webinars took place, drawing over 1,000 participants from more than 50 countries.

“We are delighted by the interest that has been shown in this service, which provides a very cost-effective way to spread our expertise around the world,” says Marietta Hughes, Marketing Communications Executive. “We get discussion points and feedback from each webinar and these have all been very positive.”

“We aim to build on this success in 2018,” Marietta adds. “We are therefore putting together an equally strong programme for the year ahead. Starting in January with a webinar on a new topic that hasn’t been covered in this way before – Hydrocarbon Allocation.”

The webinar programme is delivered live by NEL consultants and researchers and provides the opportunity for participants to remotely access information and training on a wide range of key flow metrology issues, all of which have a strong, practical industry focus. Among the topics covered in 2017 were: The importance of calibrating at service conditions, an introduction to control valves and valve flow testing and advancements in Low Reynolds number measurements.

The most popular webinar of the year looked at density measurement. Almost 100 attendees took part in the presentation which highlighted why density is such a vital aspect of flow measurement.

“I think that we got this level of interest because of the wide importance of the topic to industry, across a wide range of sectors,” says Principal Consultant, Dr Norman Glen, who ran the webinar. “We got participation from academia, oil producers and manufacturers of flow meters from around the world.”

A first for 2017 was a webinar run by NEL’s team in Malaysia. This webinar focused on Custody Transfer Metering and was designed to meet the needs of the Southeast Asian regional audience.

The webinars run in 2017 contained a mixture of introductory information, practical advice and details of cutting edge research and technology. They were viewed by people from all over the world, including the Middle East, South America, the USA and Europe. Participants were drawn primarily from the oil and gas industry, research organisations and flow metrology agencies.

For more details, contact Marietta Hughes

Posted by Kay Morrison on 11/01/18 at 04:12 PM
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
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Trade Missions set to raise NEL profile in Egypt and China

At the start of 2018, NEL will be working to raise its profile and build new links in two important markets that have significant potential for British manufacturers and suppliers. At the heart of this push will be its participation in several high-profile trade missions to Egypt and China.

Egypt has one of the fastest growing offshore oil and gas sectors in the Middle East and offers excellent opportunities for UK companies. China is another extremely promising oil and gas market and there are close links between the Chinese and UK in this sector: Chinese National Oil Companies own 32% of the United Kingdom Continental Shelf production and 50% of UK refinery capacity.

In February, NEL will be taking part in the SDI Energy Trade Mission to Egypt and will be part of the Scotland Pavilion at EGYPS. In March, it will also be part of the Scottish Pavilion at the China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology Exhibition (CIPPE), due to take place Beijing and Tianjin.

“We are taking part in these events to export our expertise to operators and manufacturers and to position NEL as a flow measurement thought leader in the minds of business people and policy makers,” says Thomas McCudden, Head of Sales and Marketing, who will be representing NEL at all events. “These are relatively new territories for NEL, so there is significant scope for new work and to build networks for others in the industry.”

“I have already made some strong links for both events and have started to set up a series of meetings, mostly with companies from the mid-stream and up-stream segments of the oil and gas industry,” adds Thomas.

Thomas has confirmed appointments with the following companies: ENI, BP, Badr petroleum and several feed consultants.

For more details, contact Thomas McCudden.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 05/12/17 at 03:13 PM