“The importance of calibrating meters close to their working conditions” was the theme of two talks given by Flow Measurement Engineer Chris Mills in April. The first talk was at the European Flow Measurement Workshop, which took place in Barcelona, the second at the Oil and Gas Focus Group (OGFG) Meeting, which took place in Norwich.
At both meetings Chris also described the capabilities of TUV SUD NEL’s Elevated Pressure and Temperature (EPAT) facility. This test rig can duplicate the high temperatures and pressures that meters can experience in the field.
“In Barcelona, delegates were very interested and surprised to see the data we have produced from our EPAT facility,” Chris explains. “These findings show wide deviations of meter performance due to temperature and pressure effects. They show why calibrating at close to operating conditions is a key way to ensure meter accuracy.”
“There was similar interest in the facility at the OGFG meeting. The EPAT facility, and our expertise in this area, is a key resource for all European manufacturers and operators,” Chris adds. “Although Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) UK Guidelines highlight the importance of calibrating at close to field conditions, in Europe regulations are a bit more fragmented and there is less guidance on how to take temperature and pressure effects into account.”
Chris will be continuing to spread this important message throughout the year and is booked to present at the World Heavy Oil Congress in Oman in September - the premier heavy oil event in the world.
For more details, contact Chris Mills.