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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NEL is a world class provider of technical consulting, research, measurement, testing and programme management services to clients across many industries including oil & gas, renewable and sustainable energy, process and government.

NEL also holds the UK National Standards for flow measurement and has an international reputation in key engineering areas such as flow measurement, computational fluid dynamics, environmental and thermal engineering.

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