New JIP to provide independent benchmarking of multiphase and wet gas flow meters
A new Joint Industry Project (JIP) has been launched to establish the true performance of multiphase and wet gas flow meters in the upstream oil and gas sector. The project aims to help reduce financial exposure in production monitoring, fiscal reporting and allocation measurement.
“Talking to industry representatives at the recent North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop in Aberdeen, it was clear that this research project is already attracting a lot of interest,” says Principal Consultant, Dr Bruno Pinguet. “People were telling me, finally a JIP where we can review the actual performance of new multiphase measurement technology.”
The JIP has been set up because the pace of technological advancement in multiphase flow metering, largely driven by the rapid shift to subsea production, has outstripped the capabilities of test houses around the world. This, in turn, has led to flow meters being used outside their qualified operating envelopes. It has also led to unsubstantiated meter manufacturer claims and to a lack of confidence in the performance of this type of meter - a major barrier to their roll-out across the upstream oil and gas sector.
This JIP will provide independent benchmarking and performance testing of a wide range of multiphase and wet gas flow meters. Physical testing will take place at TUV SUD NEL’s Advanced Multiphase Facility. The facility, the first of its kind in the world, will allow testing at wide-ranging flowrates under high operating pressures and temperatures. It will also allow testing in flow regimes that fall between wet gas and multiphase flows.
The project team is now looking for participants from leading oil and gas companies to take part in the research. Due to the highly sensitive commercial nature of the information that will be dealt with, manufacturers will not be involved.
The research is vital because multiphase flow meters (MFMs) are so important in the oil and gas sector. By removing the need for costly separation equipment and flow lines, MFM’s have made it possible to recover hydrocarbons from fields previously considered unviable for development. These include marginal fields, with limited reserves, and deep-water fields.
It is hoped that the first phase of testing will be carried out in the middle of the 2019, with Phase 1 results scheduled to be released in October 2019.