The end of 2018 saw significant growth in demand for acceptance testing for wet gas meters. NEL has also received a significant number of enquiries about this service for the year ahead. This development highlights important trends in the energy supply industry and underlines the importance of current research and investment in new facilities.
“Globally, oil well operations are declining and gas wells are on the increase, which is driving the demand for more wet gas meters and associated testing services,” says Multiphase Flow Leader, Anna Pieper. “Gas is also perceived as a cleaner fuel, so environmental concerns are also playing a key part in the growth of this type of work.”
According to Anna and her team, market changes are currently driving demand for low-cost meters that can be installed on a one-meter-per-well basis to monitor and optimise the well’s performance.
Growth in the market for wet gas meters has seen more confidence and investment in this technology. This is a development that NEL is uniquely qualified to support thanks to its in-house expertise and facilities. Not only can the lab provide leading test services, but it is also engaged in fundamental research to underpin the future development of wet gas meters.
“We are currently engaged in a project on the use of vertical Venturi meters for wet gas flows,” Anna explains. “The use of these meters in this orientation is currently not covered by ISO standards. We are therefore looking at supplying the necessary underpinning data that will help strengthen regulations.”
Among the other issues that Anna and her team will be investigating in the future are high temperature and pressure effects in wet gas meters.
“We are looking to develop new research initiatives and Joint Industry Projects in these areas,” Anna says. “This body of work will really come on stream with the launch of the new Advanced Multiphase Facility later this year. This will be a game-changer in terms of the testing we can offer and will facilitate the development of new production facilities in sub-sea locations and in other extreme locations.”
For more details, contact Anna Pieper.