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New collaborative industry projects to tackle outdated flowmeter performance

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World Pipelines,

TUV SUD NEL, the flow measurement R&D specialist, has launched two industry-wide collaborative projects to address the impact that evolving real-world conditions have on flowmeter performance, as it believes that significant measurement errors are costing the oil and gas industry approximately US$7 million per day.

To optimise flowmeter performance, the oil and gas industry relies upon data that was developed decades ago, which does not reflect the increased temperature and pressures experienced as fields are increasingly exploited at greater depths. The organisation is calling on interested parties, from both academia and industry, to join these two collaborative projects.

The first is a joint research project (JRP) which aims to develop accurate flow pattern maps at real world conditions. These will become increasingly crucial as industry moves towards digital solutions to maximise oil and gas production and reduce operating costs to support flow assurance, validate new technologies, optimise maintenance and assess production economics. The company is seeking support from universities and other research organisations to develop a new family of multiphase flow pattern maps. These will more accurately reflect the conditions that operators experience in the field, while new technologies can also be exploited to remove errors associated with data misinterpretation.

The second is a joint industry project (JIP) to review and update the performance benchmarking of multiphase flow meters and wet gas meters, to reflect the significant changes in meter technologies and their use over the last 10 years. The company will work with oil and gas operators to undergo much-needed meter testing and benchmarking work.

Dr Bruno Pinguet, Senior Consultant, said: “We are calling on industry stakeholders to join these collaborative projects as there is an urgent need for industry to work together and address significant inaccuracies. We believe that the selection of the wrong meter technology has been detrimental to the efficiency and profitability of the oil and gas industry. Both projects will take advantage of the state-of-the-art imaging techniques and multiple local measurements at our new Advanced Multiphase Facility.”

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