European consortium aims to improve subsea multi-phase readings

Offshore staff

EAST KILBRIDE, UK – An NEL-led European consortium has been awarded a three- year oil and gas research project to establish a reference measurement network and standards to improve accuracy of subsea multi-phase flow measurement.

The European Metrology Research Program (EMRP) will fund the €3-million ($4-million) project via EURAMET, with support from National Measurement Institutes, and industrial and academic parties from the UK, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, and France.

Subsea multi-phase flow measurements are prone to flow rate uncertainties, NEL says. It will collaborate with 12 European research groups to jointly develop what it claims will be the world’s first multi-phase reference network and associated standards. This, NEL adds, should provide a more consistent basis for evaluating multi-phase flow meters, and improved accuracy subsea.

Dr. Brian Millington, NEL’s managing director, said: “There is no single organization that can address this vast challenge alone due to the many different aspects and ranges of field conditions which must be tackled.

“That is why we have developed a European consortium of laboratories and industrial scale multi-phase flow measurement specialists to holistically address this.”

The project also has the support of six major oil companies, the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.


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