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The World Market for Multiphase Flowmeters

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About the Multiphase study, Module E

Our focus on flow has recently been on the emerging development of multiphase flowmeter technologies. Developments here are of particular value in the oil & gas industry, an industry that we routinely report on as part of our world view of measurement applications.

Users are discovering the economic and flow management benefits of technologies that provide real time data on oil and gas flows. Increasingly, the complex demands of managing oil and gas reservoir assets require more sophisticated tools so that producers may improve operating margins in the highly competitive energy market. 

Today’s exploration and production environment is filled with potential investment, environmental, and personnel risks as new methods are employed to extract valuable energy resources in areas previously not utilized. At the same time, traditional flow measurement ideals such as non-restrictive measurement points, high reliability of accuracy and repeatability, and lengthy life cycles are still in play. Multiphase metering instrumentation offers reservoir managers the confidence to more effectively and more safely operate topside, offshore, and subsea wells.

The following are some of the companies included in this study:  

·        Agar Corporation

·        Framo Engineering

·        Jiskoot (Cameron Measurement Systems)

·        Multiphase Meters

·        Neftemer

·        Phase Dynamics

·        Roxar (Emerson Process Management)

·        Schlumberger

·        Solartron ISA

·        Weatherford

For further information on Module E, please view the gas or oil study page, links above.

The Basics: Multiphase Flowmeters

Most applications measure one type of flow, either liquid, gas, or steam.  This is called single phase flow measurement.  However, a need has now developed to measure fluids with more than one phase.  This measurement is of multiphase flow, and it primarily occurs in the oil & gas industry.   

When fluid initially comes out of a well, it often consists of a mixture of oil, gas, and water.  While these different fluids are typically separated into their individual components at separators near the wellhead, it is also sometime advantageous to measure the fluid before it is separated.  A group of flowmeters have been developed to do this, and they are called multiphase flowmeters.

Multiphase flowmeters are used for multiple purposes, including custody transfer, well testing, and allocation metering. One disadvantage of these meters is that they are extremely expensive, so they tend to be used mainly on high producing wells.  Not all wells produce enough oil or natural gas to justify the expense of a multiphase meter.  While there are still a limited number of suppliers, this is an area that bears watching, especially considering the high price of oil and the continually expanding search for sources of energy.  

About the Gas Flow Measurement and Oil Flow Measurement Studies  

Both The World Market for Gas Flow Measurement, all new 3rd Edition, and The World Market for Oil Flow Measurement feature a core flow measurement study and five modules that can be ordered as add-on or standalone reports. For further information, please see:

The World Market for Gas Flow Measurement, 3rd Edition

The World Market for Oil and Oil Flow Measurement

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