LONDON -- Teekay, in cooperation with StatoilHydro, has awarded Expro Meters a $500,000 contract to provide PassiveSONAR clamp-on flow meters for shuttle tanker loading and offloading operations in the North Sea.
Expro’s PassiveSONAR meters will be used to measure the instantaneous flow rate between the host facility and the shuttle tanker, and provide early warning of any potential loss of containment. The meters are positioned immediately inboard the bow of the vessel and data is relayed back to the bridge to provide real-time monitoring and control of the loading operations.
Working with Teekay, Expro Meters installed the meters during routine tanker offloading operations at various receiving terminals, avoiding delay in shuttle tanker schedules.
PassiveSONAR can be deployed on new or existing installations over a range of process conditions, flow regimes, and pipe sizes. Its applications include wellhead production surveillance, pipeline monitoring, process optimization, and inline production testing.
“While applying PassiveSONAR meters on tanker loading and offloading is not a core application for our new technology, it does demonstrate our ability to be flexible to the needs of our customers over a range of applications in the oil and gas industry,” says Tony Walker, GM of Expro Meters. “This project is an innovative use of PassiveSONAR in an environmentally-sensitive situation and once again reinforces Expro’s credentials as solution providers.”