A major research study that will enhance flow metrology across Europe is underway. The project, which is being co-ordinated by NEL, is part of this year’s European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR).
“The ground-breaking project is designed to achieve measurement harmonisation between multiphase flow metrology testing facilities,” explains R&D Co-ordinator, David Crawford. “Called MultiFlowMet II, it involves collaboration with 17 partners, including Onesubea Processing, DNV GL, Schlumberger and other multiphase test labs, meter vendors and research partners covering the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Russia and Singapore.”
The project, which builds on the work done on a preceding EMRP project, has been set up to address the acknowledged lack of standardised facilities (and procedures) for testing multiphase flow meters. It started in June and will run for three years.
“This lack of standardised facilities has led to variances in test results between laboratories,” says David. “The project will help boost confidence in the measurement system, and hence in the meters that are tested. This project is vital to the future development of oil and gas production as it will drive improvements and enhance confidence in multiphase flow measurement, which is a fundamental enabling metrology technology in subsea oil and gas production.”
To achieve harmonisation, the research team will roll out an extended intercomparison testing programme. This will involve the design and provision of a mobile suite of instrumentation that can be moved around different laboratories in order to enable comparison measurements to be taken.
The project is also designed to gain an understanding of the factors that influence multiphase flow measurements, such as the geometrical features of each laboratory and the structure of the flow that develops in each set of flow conditions.