EAST KILBRIDE, UK – NEL is developing a new high-pressure, multi-phase flow facility at its laboratories close to Glasgow in Scotland. It is expected to be operational by the end of this year.
The facility will operate at pressures up to 60 bar (870 psi), equivalent to a sea depth of 600 m (1,968 ft), to more accurately reflect the increasing pressures at which flow meters must operate subsea.
It will also replicate a range of multi-phase flow conditions, providing an independent facility for development, verification, and validation of new tools and software. Resultant improvements in flow meter reliability should allow oil and gas operators to cut their capital and operating costs, according to NEL.