Emerson Process Management has opened a flow loop facility for Roxar technologies in Stavanger.
The new facility will increase production capacity and drive future developments in multiphase meters, enabling oil and gas operators to access continuous well and flow rate information and derive maximum reservoir performance from their multiphase meters and production data, says Emerson.
The purpose-built facility is designed to replicate three-phase flows in oil and gas production. The 200sq m flow loop facility will also increase capacity to run Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) without relying on third party facilities.
The new facility will also be used for research and development.
The flow loop facility mixes diesel, salted tap water and nitrogen to imitate the multiphase flow coming out of oil and gas production wells. Emerson’s Micro Motion ELITE Coriolis meters provide reference measurements and Emerson’s DeltaV distributed control system is used to control and operate the flow loop and log data from the reference instrumentation and the multiphase meters being tested.
“At a time of increasing reservoir complexity and rapidly changing well conditions, multiphase meters today are facing new challenges and growing demand,” said Steve Grundmeier, president of Emerson’s Roxar business. “That’s why the flow loop facility and the technologies incorporated within it are so important.”
The new facility is part of Emerson’s global investment in flow measurement technology facilities and services and adds to the existing flow manufacturing and service network, including facilities in the US, Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, the UAE, China, Japan, Singapore and Australia.