Glasgow-based high capacity wet gas test facility
28 October 2014
NEL has created the UK’s only independent commercial test facility that can test meters to such high flow rates for wet gas conditions, and which is also capable of using oil and water components simultaneously.
The creation of the Glasgow-based facility means that UK-based operators and meter manufacturers no longer need to assess equipment overseas. NEL is now able to test meters at a wider operating range, and more accurately replicate the liquid phases experienced in operational conditions.
Phase 1 of the upgrade programme has been completed and, as a result, the gas flow rates now exceed 2,000m3/hr, and liquid volume fractions in excess of 10% are possible. The second phase of NEL’s investment will see the simultaneous injection of water and oil to better simulate field conditions.
The move to subsea production and processing has necessitated the introduction of higher capacity flow meters. Along with the drive to reduce the cost of production through the use of shared facilities, this has generated increased demand for more accurate wet gas metering to reduce uncertainty and minimise financial exposure. NEL’s Wet Gas Facility has been designed to more accurately replicate such increased flow rates, to meet both operator and equipment vendors’ demands for an independent facility for development, verification and validation purposes.
Dr Phil Mark, Director of Sales & Marketing at NEL, said: “The message coming back to us loud and clear from our customers was to increase the total gas flow rate in our test facilities, and to introduce simultaneous oil/water flow into the gas stream. The first phase of our investment has seen us deliver a 50% increase in dry gas and an even greater expansion of wet gas rates. NEL’s Flow Measurement Facilities are recognised as one of the best in the world and we maintain that reputation by consistently innovating to meet the evolving needs of the industry as demonstrated here.”
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