Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Flow management course helps industry address specific concerns

Representatives from five leading companies and organisations attended NEL’s recent Flow Measurement Training Course in East Kilbride. The three-day course, which took place in November, allowed delegates to understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the measurement of flow. It also addressed technical concerns relating to specific industry sectors.

“We had participants with an interesting range of technical backgrounds and we were able to add real value, answering their individual questions and supporting them after the course,” says Neil Bowman who ran the training programme along with his NEL colleague Craig Marshall. “We provided the delegates with unbiased advice on the various technologies available and with the basic knowledge required to make informed choices.”

Course participants came from a wide variety of backgrounds, including the aerospace industry and the energy, regulatory and water utility sectors. Two new members of NEL’s staff also took part.

“The delegate who worked for a water utilities company was interested in ultrasonic meters,” Neil says, giving an example of the types of issues that workshop participants raised. “His organisation was looking to upgrade their systems and needed expertise to be able to talk knowledgeably with potential suppliers. The participant from the energy sector was interested in loss control and the aerospace participant was looking at metering low-speed flows.”

Each day of the course comprised four or five modules and a demonstration in the lab. This allowed delegates to get practical experience of the equipment and principles they had been discussing. The course also featured NEL’s popular flow management game which allowed those involved to consolidate what they had learned.

For more information, contact Neil Bowman.

Find out more about NEL’s training courses.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Upgraded densitometer facility in high demand through to 2017

Recent work to improve NEL’s densitometer facilities has led to a strong increase in demand for the test services it offers. It has also allowed the company to handle the requirements of companies that need emergency meter calibrations.

“Following the recent upgrade, we are now seeing the benefits of the reduced lead times the facility offers,” says Principal Consultant, Dr. Norman Glen. “In the past few months we have been able to assist two companies that needed their densitometer calibrations to be turned around very quickly.”

“One of these projects involved the calibration of a densitometer for a client who needed the work done in a week as they didn’t have a calibrated spare,” Norman explains. “This allowed the company to carry on its operations without having to get a dispensation from the Oil and Gas Authority.”

“Business is brisk through to the end of January,” Norman adds. “But we now have the capacity and flexibility we need to both provide a ‘regular’ service, to help people at short notice and to maintain the high-quality for which we are well known.”

The densitometer upgrade has extended the operating pressure range of the test facility. It now runs from 1 to 151 bar(a). The operating temperature range has also been extended and it now runs from 5°C to 100°C. Overall, this means that, in line with recent recommendations from the OGA, the facility allows densitometers to be calibrated at their anticipated operating conditions.

The revamped facility can calibrate a comprehensive range of meters including Micro Motion 7835 Series Density Meters, Micro Motion CDM100 meters and Sarasota Liquid Density Meters (910 series).

For more information, please contact Norman Glen.

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FMI/EURAMET workshop aims to drive flow measurement research

A call has gone out for participants to a joint FMI and EURAMET TC-Flow Research Collaboration Workshop. The workshop, which will be held on the 10th January 2017, will be hosted at Coventry University’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment & Computing.

“The workshop is designed for organisations that have an interest in the next generation of collaborative flow measurement research and development,” explains Anne Farr, who is part of the FMI Secretariat. “Historically flow measurement has been under-represented in funding rounds, primarily due to the lack of suitable applications. This workshop aims to address this issue.”

According to Anne, participants at the workshop will discuss key themes and projects for research, and prioritise these as targets for collaborative research proposals. The workshop will also help facilitate submission of Potential Research Topics (PRTs) to the next EMPIR Industry call, which provides funding for metrology oriented research programs.

“Delegates will be encouraged to signal their interest in directly participating in any resulting collaboration,” Anne explains. “In this way we hope to facilitate the creation of research consortia.”

There is no charge for the workshop, but participants are asked to pre-register.  Details of the outline programme and registration are available via the FMI website.

The FMI was founded in 2014 by NEL and Coventry University and acts as the voice of the industry. EURAMET is the Regional Metrology Organisation (RMO) of Europe.

For more information, contact Anne Farr (at flowmeasure.com)

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Recent work in Malaysia highlights the importance of auditing

NEL was recently commissioned to audit a crude oil Custody Transfer Measurement System for a company operating in Malaysia. During the audit process, it was found that one of the constants used in the calculations in the flow computer had been entered incorrectly – two of the digits in the number had been transposed.

“The effect of this incorrect parameter value was to under-report the volume of produced hydrocarbons by 0.3%,” says NEL Consultant, Alick MacGillivray. “This meant that on this field, which produced an average of 20,000 barrels per day, costing $50 barrel, the loss of revenue to the operator was $1.1 million per year. This demonstrates the important role that comprehensive and rigorous auditing plays in maintaining an effective flow measurement system.”

Flow computers are computers that accept digital inputs from flow measurement equipment and perform calculations to determine the flow rate or the total volume of produced hydrocarbons over a time period: so, for example, they can produce daily or weekly reports. As such they are an integral part of Custody Transfer Flow Measurement Systems.

Flow computers contain equations and parameter settings that are used to calculate the volume or flow of oil or gas. It is important that these parameters are entered accurately and checked on a regular basis. This can be done by auditing the flow measurement system.

To help companies in South East Asia ensure that their metering systems are in compliance with the design standards, specifications and requirements of relevant regulatory authorities, NEL has recently launched its Independent Auditor Verification Testing (IAVT) Service.

For more information, contact Alick MacGillivray.

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Dr Reader-Harris recognised for his contributions to the flow measurement community

Dr Michael Reader-Harris has been awarded the BSI’s International Standards Maker award for his distinguished service to the flow measurement standards community at both a national and international level.

“It is a great honour to receive this award,” says Dr Reader-Harris, who is a Principal Consultant at NEL. “I’d like to give credit to the sub-committees, working groups and individuals with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working over the years.”

In its citation for the award, BSI highlights Dr Reader-Harris’ role chairing several committees including the BSI technical committee CPI/30 Measurement of fluid flow in closed conduits, and its international counterpart ISO/TC 30.

BSI commented: “This work has led to the publication of a number of high profile standards, in particular ISO 5167 Measurement of fluid flow by pressure differential devices inserted in circular cross-section conduits running full-cone meters, which are used widely in the oil, gas and other industries.”

BSI also notes that ISO/TC 30 has overseen the publication of a new, unified ISO, the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) and CEN standard for water meters for cold potable water and hot water, which has gained worldwide acceptance. Development of this standard (in five parts) took place within a joint ISO-OIML Working Group chaired by Dr Reader-Harris.

The International Standards Maker award recognises people who have “made an exceptional contribution to representing, championing and safe-guarding UK committees’ positions in European and/or international standards-making.”

BSI is the UK's National Standards Body (NSB). It represents UK economic and social interests across all European and international standards organisations. Find out more about the BSI Standards Awards.

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