This year’s North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop highlighted the latest developments in flow measurement technology and focused on how flow metrology can help maximise economic recovery in the oil and gas industry. The workshop, which is the premier flow measurement event in the country, took place in late October.
“There were over 40 technical sessions across the three days, all of which generated a great deal of interest and spirited debate,” says Flow Measurement Consultant Craig Marshall. “The key theme of the event was maximising economic recovery (MER) and the presentations addressed this issue from a wide variety of angles. MER was chosen as it is a key concern for industry and because it was central to Sir Ian Wood’s report on UK offshore oil and gas.”
Among the presentations that covered the MER theme were talks on the role of disruptive clamp-on technology to reduce cost, on different methods of mitigating risk at various stages in the measurement chain and on optimising the maintenance and calibration of metering equipment.
“The workshop had a new voting system to find out which sessions were most popular,” says Craig. “The winner was a seminar on new technology, given by Jim Barton, Metering & Measurement Team Leader at BP.”
Jim’s session introduced new and novel technological developments and highlighted how this emerging technology will play a critical role in the future of measurement, by improving accuracy and reducing effort and costs.
Another MER-focused seminar covered the future of flow measurement. This highlighted key research areas and future trends. Topics discussed included reservoir monitoring, wet gas correlations and on-line produced water measurements.
Overall, 245 people attended the workshop, drawn from across industry and academia. 80% of attendees either satisfied or very satisfied with the content of the workshop, with many noting that the mix of attendees allowed for good networking opportunities.
2018 was the first year the event had been held in Aberdeen. This new location was one of the main reasons 95% of participants agreed that the event delivered value for money – reflecting the accessibility of the city and the flexibility of the accommodation on offer.
The workshop was run by NEL in association with Tekna, Norwegian Society for Oil and Gas Measurement and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
For more details, contact Craig Marshall.