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.

Follow the North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop LinkedIn company page
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.

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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.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Progress in ISCF-funded in-situ verification research drives call for collaboration

Research funded under the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) on the in-situ verification of multiphase flow meters is moving forward strongly. It has highlighted many promising technology options and benefits for end users.  As a result, the project team is now looking for more collaborators.

“The research began in earnest in August 2017 and the initial focus has been on establishing a steering group,” says Head of R&D, Martin Hanton, who explains that the specification of a detailed technical agenda for phase 1 of the project has been completed, and both practical and theoretical work has started.

“This has led to identification of numerous technology options for in-situ flow meter verification and these are now being explored,” Martin adds. “Good progress has been made in this regard, but we would like to attract more participants, especially end users. Furthermore, we are looking to expand our cross-sectoral involvement through partnerships with stakeholders from different industries.”

The research is being driven by the potential benefits that in-situ flow meter verification will have for industry.  Currently, calibration of flow meters is conducted under laboratory conditions, and when such instruments are installed in the field there are various factors that can lead to significantly reduced measurement accuracy once in operation.

“In-situ verification will allow the initial in-service performance of the flow meter to be determined.  Changes in performance over time can be tracked, such that ex-situ recalibration will only be required when determined to be necessary, rather than at arbitrary service intervals,” Martin explains. “From working with our partners, a number of primary benefits of in-situ flow meter verification have been identified. These include reductions in financial risk, re-calibration costs, environmental risk and environmental impact. Together, these will lead to reduced flow measurement overheads which will facilitate the extraction of ‘stranded’ oil and gas from fields with marginal economics.”

NEL was awarded £2.4 million of funding under the ‘Smart, Flexible and Clean Energy’ theme for the project, which is entitled ‘In-Situ Flow Measurements – Further Research’.

The project has approximately 30 months to run. Anyone interested in becoming involved is encouraged to contact Martin Hanton.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

EngD virtual metering research project set to reduce industry costs

Research being carried out under the NEL/Coventry University EngD programme is developing an innovative virtual metering approach designed to measure all parts of a flow system in real time and dramatically reduce metering costs.

“I started the initial work on this project in 2017 and essential testing has been completed to ensure that the concept on which the research is based will work,” says Water Facility Technical Lead, Damian Krakowiak, who is undertaking the study.

Damian’s research focuses on the development of a condition-based Virtual Metering System for estimating flow rates without using a physical flow meter. He is aiming to develop multiple dynamic statistical models to predict flow rates by taking advantage of the instrumentation already installed in a system.

“We have started testing a choke valve in our multiphase flow facility,” Damian explains. “Almost all Christmas Tree assemblies used in the oil and gas industry have choke valves to regulate pressure and protect machinery. I will be investigating whether you can use the values of factors such as flow rates and pressure drops at this valve as inputs to a virtual metering system.”

The project aims to improve the overall accuracy of virtual metering systems, which typically offer an uncertainty of 5-10%. It also aims to help with preventive maintenance.

“If this approach works, then companies won’t have to install additional expensive multiphase meters in their systems,” Damian says. “In addition, the approach should make it possible to see system failures as they develop. This will enhance maintenance.”

Damian hopes that NEL will be able to sell the software to run the Virtual Metering System once it is developed and that it will also be able to validate such systems if they become popular.

The four-year Engineering Doctorate (EngD) that Damian is following is supported by in-house experts from Coventry University and NEL.

For more details, contact Damian Krakowiak.

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Keynote Announced for 2018 South East Asia Flow Measurement Conference

It has just been announced that the 2018 South East Asia Flow Measurement Conference will open with a keynote presentation by the Chairman of the Malaysian Technical Committee on Petroleum and Gas Measurement.  In addition, for the first time, the conference is being run by a partnership comprising the Malaysian Oil and Gas Services Council (MOGSC), CEESI, DNV GL and NEL.

“This partnership has helped deliver a really strong technical programme that covers a wide range of topics relevant to companies operating in South East Asia” says Anne Farr, who is part of the Flow Measurement Institute. “The 2018 conference will cover all aspects of flow measurement, including key technical issues such as risk reduction, multiphase metering and applications such as LNG, Shale and offloading.”

A programme of training courses, on issues such as allocation systems and measurement uncertainty, will also accompany the conference, giving opportunities for additional knowledge exchange. There will also be a technical exhibition running for the duration of the conference, where suppliers of equipment and services will showcase their expertise. Overall, the event will provide attendees with access to a global network of flow measurement expertise and research knowledge.

It is recommended that personnel who are directly involved with flow measurement, who work with flow measurement products or who rely on the outputs of flow measurement systems should attend. The conference will be of interest to designers, facilities and operations engineers, university researchers and consultants from operating, contracting, consultancy and technology organisations.

The South East Asia Flow Measurement Conference has been running for over 15 years. It is the only major event in the region dedicated to flow measurement practice and technology.

CEESI (Colorado Engineering Experiment Station, Inc.) performs calibration for numerous types of flow meters and fluids. DNV GL is one of the leading global providers of accredited management systems certification and training.

Click here for details of the Technical Programme.

For any enquiries please contact the NEL Events Team: +44 (0) 1355 593704

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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