The measurement of hydrocarbon production from a well is mainly required for field management. In well testing the presence of natural gas and water leads to a multiphase mixture whose composition and flow rate must be monitored. This is achieved after separation of the phases, followed by metering of the individual constituents. In recent years, a number of multiphase flow meters (MPFM) have been developed to replace the conventional well testing method with a less bulky system. The results obtained so far are rather poor in terms of accuracy. Moreover commercial MPFMs make use of radioactive sources. This may cause safety problems, besides leading to high capital and operating costs. The overall objective of the present project is to develop a very compact, low cost MPFM which does not make use of radioactive sources and is sufficiently accurate to be adopted on a per well basis in multi-well applications.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
SW7 2HF London