An important new ISO technical report on the measurement of multiphase fluid flow is being developed by an international team led by Principal Consultant, Dr Michael Reader-Harris. The Technical Report, ISO/TR 21354, is due to be published by early 2019.
“Up until now there hasn’t been an international standard on the measurement of multiphase fluid flows,” explains Dr Reader-Harris. “However, there has been an increasing demand for such guidance as the use of this type of metering technology has expanded and is becoming ever more important. Manufacturers say that it is much more difficult to sell equipment if there isn’t a standard covering it and users prefer to purchase technology that adheres to a standard.”
“Operators want to take advantage of the benefits that multiphase technology brings but have been frustrated by the lack of standards,” Dr Reader-Harris adds. “Multiphase meters reduce the number of separators required, give better control of the measurement process and provide instantaneous readouts, which allow faster and more informed decision making. As a result, many hundreds of highly expensive multiphase meters have been installed in North Sea fields alone.”
Dr Reader-Harris’ team has been drawn from many countries, including the UK, Norway, the US, France, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. It is made up of experts from oil companies, manufacturers and test laboratories.
“In the absence of an ISO standard or technical report most people have been using a Norwegian handbook on this topic,” Dr Reader-Harris explains. “The Norwegian Society for Oil and Gas Measurement (NFOGM) kindly gave us the handbook as a starting point for our work. This started at the beginning of 2016 and has primarily involved bringing the handbook up-to-date. The research has been entirely desk-based, with the context coming from numerous discussions with potential users.”
“The work hasn’t been without its challenges,” Dr Reader-Harris adds. “In a tough commercial environment it has been tricky to gain access to the correct resources to contribute to the work. Understandably, people’s availability has been limited and it has been difficult to get the necessary expert input, however, we are now confident of success.”
For more details, contact Dr Michael Reader-Harris.
25 July 2018