The AMF will span 1,600 m2, and contain a £1.45million, full production scale separator with an operating weight of 270 tonnes and test weight of 320 tonnes. The AMF will also be the only facility in the world to offer an integrated subsea choke, as well as be capable of testing the full range of flow meters, from two-inch to 12-inch.
The separator is 33m in length, 2.6m internal diameter and a wall thickness of 85mm. Construction is carbon steel with stainless steel internal separation equipment.
The vessel is made up of 9 plates rolled and joined into 3 separate sections for welding on site, with two hemispherical ends. Each of the circumferential butt welds has 100 lays with 100% UT inspection.
The separator will sit on two support pedestals at a height of 5.2m from floor level.
Alongside providing opportunities for industry-led projects and training, the AMF will also support academic research. Creating at least 17 new jobs, the AMF will futureproof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil and gas production market for the next 25 years, and position Scotland as a world leader in multiphase flow measurement.
Scottish Enterprise has supported the development of the AMF with £4.9 million of research and development funding. Alongside the grant from Scottish Enterprise, TUV SUD NEL's parent company, TÜV SÜD AG, is investing £11.1 million which makes the project the largest capital investment to date in the company's UK business.
In this current climate of minimising production costs and ensuring that production remains economically viable, the measurement of multiphase flows is a key factor in understanding the performance of production operations. Significant remaining production opportunities are to be found in extreme environments with higher operating pressures and temperatures and these conditions can impact the performance of multiphase flow measurement devices.
To meet these challenges, TUV SUD NEL is creating an Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF), a revolutionary highpressure, high-flow rate multiphase facility with a test range beyond anything currently available in the world.
The facility will support current and future measurement challenges, from well optimisation production to fiscal accounting and production optimisation.
Service offerings will include:
- Review of performance of flow meters under wellcontrolled conditions, similar to the field
- Addressing flow regimes and modelling challenges, from multiphase to wet gas conditions
- Remote testing and witnessing of ongoing operations via Metervue, a web-based service
- Continuous evaluation of metrology performance in multiphase and wet gas conditions
- Development of flow imagery to study flow profiles and patterns from low to high pressure
- Single-phase calibration under pressure and temperature for fiscal or allocation measurement
Forthcoming Events related to the AMF:
Webinar: Overview of Advanced Multiphase Facility, 17 October
Back by popular demand, the webinar is an opportunity to find out more about the characteristics of the new facility.
Register for the webinar
North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop, Aberdeen, 22-24 October
The Workshop is the single most important event in the flow measurement calendar. During the Programme, Dr Bruno Pinguet will be presenting 2 new Joint Industry Research Projects on "Development of Multiphase Flow Pattern Maps" and " Multiphase & Wet Gas Meter Performance"
View the Workshop agenda.