Two new collaborative projects are being developed to address a number of important research and technology issues that are currently facing industry. The first is a Joint Research Project (JRP) aimed at developing new flow pattern maps at real world conditions. The second is a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to review the performance of multiphase flow meters and wet gas meters.
“I am currently talking to potential participants for both projects from universities and industry and am interested in talking to any other interested parties,” says Senior Consultant, Dr Bruno Pinguet. “I hope to launch them both at the upcoming North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop, due to take place this October in Aberdeen. Both projects will take advantage of TUV SUD NEL’s Advanced Multiphase Facility and the state-of-the-art imaging techniques it has at its disposal.”
The main factor driving the development of the JIP is the fact that, over the past 10 years there have been significant changes in the technology and market for multiphase and wet gas meters and no real benchmarking of performance.
“We believe that the selection of the wrong meter technology has been detrimental to oil and gas companies,” says Bruno, “and that it is now legitimate to ask whether multiphase and wet gas meters operate as expected.”
The aim of the JIP is to provide much-needed meter testing and benchmarking work. The project is open to oil and gas companies and will be set up so that no one company will have a commercial edge over any other.
The main issue behind the development of the JRP is the fact that current multiphase flow pattern maps are based on data developed several decades ago at conditions far removed from those currently experienced by industry in the field. The validity of these maps, which are used widely in the oil and gas industry to model the performance of multiphase flow meters, are therefore open to question.
To address this fundamental issue, partners from universities and other research agencies are being asked to work with TUV SUD NEL to develop a new family of multiphase flow pattern maps that reflect the conditions operators experience in the field.
To find out more about each project and to register interest in participation, contact: Dr Bruno Pinguet
6 August 2018