UK-based high pressure calibration facility

07 July 2015

NEL, supported by UK's National Measurement System, is set to create the UK’s only flow meter calibration facility capable of testing at elevated pressures and temperatures.

It is said that this new test loop will reduce financial exposure of oil and gas operators by performing meter calibrations closer to actual service conditions. By more accurately reflecting the increasing temperatures and pressures at which flow meters must operate, the uncertainty of meters deployed in the field can be minimised.

Douglas Griffin, head of Petroleum Measurement & Allocation, the Oil & Gas Authority, said:  “Both equipment manufacturers and operators face significant flow measurement challenges, with elevated temperatures and pressures causing a substantial gap between calibration and actual service conditions.”

The pressure capability of NEL’s high pressure/high operating temperature liquid flow loop will increase from 5 bar maximum capability to 100 bar, with its ability to deal with higher temperatures increasing from 40ºC maximum capability to 80ºC. The new facility will be fully operational during quarter three.

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