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TÜV SÜD NEL release upgraded Primary Liquid Densitometer

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TÜV SÜD NEL, the flow measurement R&D specialist, has commissioned an upgrade of its Primary Liquid Densitometer to deliver enhanced flowmeter calibration accuracy. This will decrease flow measurement uncertainty and minimise financial exposure for both oil and gas operators and taxation authorities.

The new Primary Liquid Densitometer will provide the calibration traceability to primary standards for liquid density measurement at elevated temperatures and pressure required for flowmeter calibrations at these conditions. It will also meet growing industry demand for enhanced calibration accuracy at elevated pressures, as well as density calibration services that support next-generation industrial flow measurement devices.

The Primary Densitometer will support the company’s £16million Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF), a high-pressure multiphase flow test facility currently being developed which will have the largest test range in the world.

Dr Norman Glen, Principal Consultant at TÜV SÜD NEL, said: “As flowmeters are the cash registers of the oil and gas industry, density determination and its variation with temperature and pressure is a fundamental part of flowrate measurement, and essential to commercial success. Our investment is therefore vitally important to both operators and industry regulators, which want to be assured of accurate financial reporting, fair trade and taxation.”

The Primary Densitometer upgrade forms part of TÜV SÜD NEL’s strategic development programme to make it the facility of choice for both vendors and operators. The Flow Measurement Facilities in Glasgow are the primary flow measurement standard for the UK, under the UK’s National Measurement System (NMS). The NMS is the UK's national infrastructure of measurement laboratories which delivers world-class measurement science and technology. It provides traceable and accurate standards of measurement for use in industry, academia and government.

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