Validation Of Coriolis And V-Cone Meters Using Multi Phase Flow Meters (MPFM) in ADCO's North East BAB (NEB) Field - A Case History
- Ibrahim Thani Al Hammadi (Abu Dhabi Co. Onshore Oil Opn.) | Samir Handak Aly (Abu Dhabi Co. Onshore Oil Opn.) | Muhammad Navaid Khan (Schlumberger) | Hakan Gurses (Schlumberger Middle East SA) | Abdullah Baslaib
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- Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, 11-14 November , Abu Dhabi, UAE
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- 2012. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 5.6.8 Well Performance Monitoring, Inflow Performance, 4.1.6 Compressors, Engines and Turbines, 5.2.1 Phase Behavior and PVT Measurements, 3.3.1 Production Logging, 4.1.9 Heavy Oil Upgrading, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 5.3.2 Multiphase Flow, 7.7.1 New Technology Deployment, 4.4.3 Mutiphase Measurement, 5.6.4 Drillstem/Well Testing, 5.3.4 Integration of geomechanics in models, 3.3 Well & Reservoir Surveillance and Monitoring
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Oil and Gas industry began to take attentiveness in developing Multi Phase Flow Meters (MPFM) in the early 1980s as the remote data access and improved performance with more compact mobile testing systems were the key features of the required technology. MPFMs were initially used in offshore industry; however, presently their applications are prolonged to land and even subsea installations.
For over ten years, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) has been using MPFM in several oil fields and concession areas. Being relatively the furthermost recent developed field, clustering options, and full application of i-field concept including collaborative environment (CWE); North East Bab (NEB) Asset is crowned for being the frontrunner in adopting the up-to-date technologies among other ADCO Assets.
NEB full field development was custom-built in 2005. Fifteen (15) number of conventional three phase test separators were put together for reservoir surveillance and production testing requirement and were lately refurbished and upgraded with Coriolis and V-cone meters rather than originally installed turbine meters. During this period, two portable MFPMs were contracted out in order to achieve the annual testing KPI and prospect was taken to validate the Coriolis and V-cone meters of the refurbished test separators using MPFMs'. This project facilitated instituting better communication protocols along with comprehensive collaborative workflow between NEB Asset and the service provider that resulted in successful completion of the revamping project. This as well had tremendously encouraged ADCO (NEB Asset) to permanently include MPFM flow metering applications in the upcoming future developments.
This paper aspires to share the valuable experience gained by utilizing the MPFM in NEB Asset for different flow metering applications, and to establish the technology adoption guidelines for other field operators.
The maturation of the hydrocarbon reservoirs is adding numerous challenges for the reservoir management practices. Production testing is one of the key components of the reservoir management cycle and frequent flow testing has become the key to create better control on the reservoir performance. Meeting high demand of accurate data acquisition at a low cost was an obvious challenge for the Oil and Gas industry. In early 1980s MPFM was announced in the Oil and Gas industry as a tool to provide rapid flow measurements with an acceptable degree of accuracy. However, over the period of time, thousands of man hours of scientific and physical research have improved this technology quite substantially 1-6. Today MPFM is used for a wide range of applications starting from metering a single well production to the fiscal allocation of an oil/gas field 7-8, where precision has no substitute.
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