Participation in the recent Global Petroleum Show (GPS) in Calgary, Canada, highlighted several opportunities to strengthen links with North American regulators and to help companies address the geology-specific challenges facing the industry in the region.
“Our trip to Calgary was very productive,” says Thomas McCudden, Head of Sales and Marketing, who attended the GPS with Flow Measurement Consultant, Craig Marshall. “It provided an opportunity to meet a wide variety of companies and organisations, including meter manufacturers, oil and gas operators and research agencies. It also allowed us to make more people aware of UK expertise and to build relationships.”
Alongside their meetings with operators, Thomas and Craig also met with executives from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).
“We discussed various issues with the regulator, including recent research at NEL involving calibration at process conditions,” says Thomas. “I highlighted some data that shows the magnitude of pressure effects on meter performance and they were amazed at how large these effects could be.”
AER introduced Thomas and Craig to the Industry Measurements Group that meets bi-monthly in Calgary and discussed the possibility of NEL using this channel to reach key decision-makers in the region. This link is now being followed up. Interest was also shown in NEL’s webinar programme.
One of the most significant industry contacts was made with Suncor, a company that is leading the development of Canada’s oil sand fields. At the meeting, the company highlighted several metering issues that offered the opportunity for joint-working with NEL.
“It is clear we can assist Suncor with the challenges thrown up by the unique geology of the oil sand fields they are working in,” says Thomas. “As they are focused on production, we are in a strong position to provide useful support and resources to help them operate more effectively.”
For more details, contact Thomas McCudden.