This project will focus on collecting physical fluid data and analysing the correlation between them in order to establish fluid property models that can result in more reliable and accurate fluid inputs to the multiphase meters, thereby increasing their accuracy and reliability under a broader span of flow conditions.

Multiphase meters provides an accurate and continuous on-line monitoring of the flow rates of oil, water and gas in the oil well stream. By using Multiphase meters the following elements may individually or in combinations contribute to improve the overall petroleum field recovery and economics:
  • Improved reservoir management
  • Optimized petroleum production
  • Increased oil recovery
  • More effective Well testing
  • Production allocation
  • Help optimizing chemical injection to prevent hydrate formation and corrosion
  • Lower investments and operational costs
Optimised reservoir management
Multiphase meters offer the petroleum industry the best solution to optimise reservoir management. Unique dynamic response makes well testing operations quicker and more efficient and provides new valuable information for diagnosis and optimisation of a well's performance. Besides being significantly cheaper and more flexible than separation-based systems, Multiphase meters are also competitive in accuracy compared with separation-based systems because they are independent of separation efficiency and to a large degree insensitive to slugs, foam, carry-overs and emulsions.
20 years development
Multiphase metering is today a mature technology after more than 20 years of development and close to 1000 meters sold. Almost every operator in the petroleum market uses multiphase meters today. Nevertheless, it is a large potential for accuracy improvement by further studying and understanding the basic principles and mechanisms around fluid properties and their behaviour, properties which are crucial inputs to any multiphase meter.
As multiphase meters become more commonly used, behaviour under special conditions such as emulsion flow and flow with various process enhancing additives must be studied and documented. Very little work has been done in this area, and there is a need for scientific data and analysis in order to conclude in these questions. Therefore the project will include measurements on emulsions, as well as mapping the effect of various additives on multiphase flow.

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