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NEL Makes Further Investment in High Capacity  Wet Gas Test Facility

NEL Makes Further Investment in High Capacity Wet Gas Test Facility

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12 October 2017

NEL, the flow measurement R&D specialist, has invested £200,000 in further development of its Glasgow-based Wet Gas Flow Testing Facility, as part of a continual programme to deliver industry-leading test facilities.
NELís Glasgow laboratory is the UKís only independent commercial facility that can generate wet gas flows using water and oil simultaneously. As it more accurately replicates the real-world conditions faced by industry, uncertainty is reduced and operatorsí financial exposure minimised.
This significant investment in bespoke equipment at the Wet Gas Facility will reduce maintenance time, improve flow rates and optimise control of test points - increasing service reliability and improving test completion times for NELís customers. In response to increasing industry demand for testing wet gas flows with simultaneous oil and water loading, the facility is capable of dry gas flowrates exceeding 2,000 m3 per hour, in pressures up to 63 bar, alongside simultaneous water and oil injection rates of 90 m3 per hour.
NEL has also launched a Joint Industry Project (JIP), inviting partners to work together to review and drive advancements in wet-gas sampling, and reduce uncertainties. The JIP will address challenges caused by the large volume of gas compared to the very small amounts of liquid present in wet gas flow.
Muir Porter, Group Manager at NEL, said: "This upgrade is part of our continued commitment to help our customers meet growing pressure to remain competitive by minimising test times, while optimising uncertainty of measurement. Using our facility, manufacturers can test meters more accurately and quickly, while operators are assured of independent validation and calibration before they embark on the costly process of installing flow meters.Ē
The move to subsea production and processing has necessitated the introduction of higher capacity flow meters. Along with the drive to reduce the cost of production through the use of shared facilities, this has generated increased demand for more accurate wet gas metering. NELís Wet Gas Facility has been designed to more accurately replicate such increased flowrates, to meet both operator and equipment vendorsí demands for an independent facility for development, verification and validation purposes.  
The Wet Gas Facility upgrade forms part of NELís strategic direction to make it the facility of choice for both vendors and operators, supporting the development and verification of instruments for multiphase and wet gas flows. NELís Flow Measurement Facilities are the primary flow measurement standard for the UK, under the UKís National Measurement System (NMS)*.