Demand continues to grow for multiphase meters to cope with complex fluid mixtures from ageing fields with depleting reserves, NEL says, but there is no internationally accepted standard for the testing of these devices.
The new standard should provide operators and regulatory authorities with more confidence in testing procedures and results, ensuring measurement accuracy and reducing financial risks.
Dr. Michael Reader-Harris, principal consultant at NEL, is expected to lead the program to develop a new technical report in collaboration with other multiphase specialists in other parts of the world.
“Multiphase flow meters were developed in the early 1990s to address the need for the economical development of marginal, deeper, and more complex fields,” he said.
“While industry recognizes the vital role these meters will play in the shift tosubsea production, the international standards required to ensure flow measurement accuracy have not materialized.
“This burgeoning meter market needs international guidelines, and our project will ensure consistency and reduce risk.”