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NEL Develops New Flow Measurement Technique for Viscous Oil

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06-Jun-2017

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NEL, the flow measurement R&D specialist, has developed a new method to improve the accuracy of differential pressure meters for high viscosity oil, which will help the oil & gas industry to reduce financial exposure and tackle the challenges involved in its measurement.

Approximately 70 per cent of the world's remaining oil reserves are classed as ‘heavy oil', while differential pressure meters account for around 40 per cent of all flowmeters in use worldwide. However, as they were not originally designed to cope with heavy oil applications, differential pressure meters are less frequently used due to current inaccuracies. NEL estimates that these inaccurate measurements could be costing millions of dollars per year, in addition to costs associated with the necessary physical property measurements.

Craig Marshall, Flow Measurement Engineer at NEL, who has undertaken the work as part of his engineering doctorate at Coventry University, said: “As the world produces ever more heavy oil, accurate measurement is critical in order to safely control the production processes and optimise recovery, as well as meet sales and pipeline agreement requirements. It is also essential to support taxation reporting and allocation measurement when operators share pipelines. This method has the potential to benefit multiple industrial sectors where viscous fluids are processed.”

NEL developed the new measurement approach to meet an urgent industry requirement to address the challenges of more accurately measuring highly viscous flow. It is based on differential pressure technology and removes current performance errors by providing a corrected discharge coefficient in real-time. In addition, the method also provides a measurement of the density and viscosity of the fluid; two key parameters for the calculation of mass or volume flow and pipeline entry criteria. This potentially removes the requirement and associated costs for sampling systems, inline densitometers and inline viscometers, providing a powerful all-in-one measurement solution.

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The project has recently received additional financial support in the form of an ICURe innovation grant. ICURe is a collaboration of the SETsquared Partnership, Innovate UK and BEIS, designed to move ideas and innovation out of universities and into the marketplace, where they will have the greatest impact.

About NEL www.tuvnel.com
NEL is a global centre of excellence for flow measurement and fluid flow systems and is the National Measurement Institute responsible for the UK's National Flow Measurement Standards. As an international technology services organisation and provider of pipeline fluid management services to the global petroleum industry, NEL has an impressive track record in the development, design and application of new technologies. 

NEL is a trading name of TUV SUD Ltd, a company of the TÜV SÜD Group, an international service organisation with over 22,000 employees in more than 800 locations worldwide.



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