EAST KILBRIDE, UK – Flow measurement R&D specialist TUV SUD NEL has initiated a joint industry project (JIP) concerning the use of online oil-in-water analyzers to help optimize oil and gas recovery.
The industry is increasingly considering unmanned and subsea separation systems, which require accurate oil-in-water measurement for compliance monitoring of produced water.
However, there are currently no regulatory standards for oil-in-water measurement and reporting for subsea discharge.
The JIP, which already has the support of three major operators, will deliver a new set of regulatory requirements for subsea produced water discharges, and guidance for the acceptance of online oil-in-water analyzers for unmanned and subsea applications.
It will also create new validation criteria for the use of oil-in-water analyzers for reporting purposes to help operators optimize their production process, improve the efficiency of oil and gas recovery, and reduce operational costs.
According to a spokesman, guidance for the use of online oil-in-water analyzers was first developed in 2005 for manned installations but was not verified in the field.
The JIP’s research work should allow existing online oil-in-water analyzer guidance from OSPAR, BEIS and Norsk Olje & Gas 085 to be updated and improved.