Metering & Measurement

Senate to Consider Pipeline Permitting Reform, Too

The Senate may consider some form of pipeline permitting reform but the bill may not look like the one the House was expected to pass. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released a broad statement on natural gas issues July 25.

Determining Recalibration Intervals For Ultrasonic Meters At CEESI

Calibration is based on the comparison of a measuring instrument and a standard. Calibration may include adjustment of the instrument to match the standard. Every measuring instrument requires calibration prior to use because a manufacturer cannot produce an instrument that measures a parameter, with reasonable uncertainty, without direct calibration.

New Technology For Gas Flow, Composition

Quantitech has launched an in-pipe, gas-flow monitoring technology that also offers the ability to measure gas composition or purity.

An Overview Of Recent Gas Measurement Research

In 2004, the Gas Research Institute (GRI) natural gas measurement research program funding mechanism based on transmission pipeline throughput expired. That program provided substantial support, on the order of $40 million over 20 years, for advancing transmission measurement practice. However, the end of this funding mechanism did not spell the end of the industry’s investment progress in gas measurement research.

The Many Phases Of Multiphase Flow Meters

The history of oil well drilling goes back to 1859 to a farm in northwestern Pennsylvania. The farm was located in Titusville, near Erie. Edwin Drake and George Bissell cooperated to drill the world’s first oil well. While Drake is usually the one credited with drilling the first well, he did not have a good head for business and spent much of his life in poverty. Bissell, by contrast, became quite wealthy and outlived Drake by four years.

Condition-Based Monitoring A Fully Automated Station Solution

This article describes a system that not only monitors all ultrasonic meter (USM) diagnostics from most common brands, but also monitors data from the flow computer, and by using separate pressure and temperature (P&T) transmitters, computes flow for comparison to the customer’s fiscal flow computer. In addition, the system monitors the gas chromatograph (GC) diagnostics to ensure proper operation and validation of the gas quality data used in the flow calculations.

New Multiphase Flow Lab To Enhance Oil, Gas Quality Assurance

International energy consulting and testing & certification company DNV KEMA earlier this year officially opened a new Multiphase Flow Laboratory (MPFL) in Groningen, the Netherlands.

The Portable Clamp-On Ultrasonic Meter: A Tool For Gas Pipeline Operators

The increasing rate of natural gas users and higher gas prices in Colombia has created the need of considering better, more accurate measurement alternatives to reduce the uncertainty of calculated volumes in customer natural gas stations where a fiscal custody transfer system is not available.

Achieving Better Liquid Measurement Accuracy

Custody transfer measurement in the oil and gas business has been described many ways. It has been called, “An accuracy in measurement that both the buyers and sellers can agree upon” and “The best that can be achieved to meet the contract conditions.” But I prefer to call it, “The search for the truth.”

New Ideas In DP Flow Measurement Using Cone Meter Technology

Flow measurement technology is advancing at an ever-increasing rate. New engineering methods in the art of flow measurement are forcing a change for the better. Newer technologies often bring advances to the operational processes within many industries which can improve management and production. This article details the design and operation of a new genre of differential pressure (DP) cone meter.

Training A Measurement Technician

The need for good quality measurement has increased dramatically in recent years. Deregulation of market pricing structures, open access markets, increased exploration and drilling costs, fierce competition and new regulatory requirements have all influenced today’s approach to quality measurement methodologies. In fact, the terminology has evolved from “gas volume measurement” to “total energy measurement.” Today, not only is the volume of gas a consideration, but also the quantity of energy the gas produces. The gas industry has evolved from the MMcf to the MMBtu.

Measurement Data Synchronization: Achieving One Version Of The Truth

This article offers a look at streamlining operations between the field and the office by automatically synchronizing measurement data.

Oil and Gas Measurement Still Dominate the Energy Markets

The world’s energy picture is a complex mixture of factors. For years, oil has been the dominant source of energy in many countries. But in the past ten years, it has become clear that the world’s supply of oil is not unlimited, and that over time alternative sources of energy must be found.

Coriolis Mass Flow Meters For Bulk Measurement

Accurate measurement of liquids is important for all oil and gas industry production or consumption sites. This is especially true for bulk transfer devices where large volumes of products are being moved and must be monitored, including crude oil pipelines, depots, gasoline and jet fuel tank farms, refineries and even cruise line terminals.

Innovations Dominate Flow Measurement Market

When flowmeters are used to measure flow, they measure one of a number of fluid types. One common way to divide up fluid types is between liquid, gas and steam. These types can be further subdivided. Types of liquid include oil, water and industrial liquids.

Winston Meyer Welcomes Challenges of Gas Measurement

When it comes to gas measurement, the technology is as varied as the multitude of challenges that face this important sector of the utility industry. Winston C. Meyer is a well-known gas measurement guru who plies his trade with CenterPoint Energy in Houston. Because his job involves integrating technology and bringing advancements to gas measurement, Meyer has been active with manufacturers and industry associactions for more than 30 years. He is now focused on electronic instrumentation for gas supply needs, loss and unaccounted-for reporting efforts, technician training, automated meter reading and resource management.

Whats New In Measurement and Instrumentation

<strong>Savant Measurement Corporation </strong>Savant Measurement says its GFC paddle product satisfies AGA 3 requirements through 0.75 beta ratio. It is available in 2-4-inch line sizes and is independently proven and tested. It eliminates swirl and non-symmetry and sits between a set of OFU flanges and on top of dowel pins.

Solving The Wet Gas Flow Measurement Challenge

One of the biggest problems encountered in measuring natural gas flows occurs when liquids flow with the gas. Traditional gas meters are not designed to cope with such wet gas flows. Therefore, wet gas flow testing facilities are also of increasing importance to the industry.

Energy Demand Propels Custody Transfer Flow Measurement

The world’s drive for energy has put oil and gas flow measurement in the spotlight. Rising oil prices, along with increasing prices for natural gas, have made it more important to oil and gas producers, distributors and end-users to have accurate and reliable measurements of flow. As many of the world’s economies recover from a severe recession, demands for energy are increasing.

Measurement Matters: Improvements In Multiphase Flow Measurement

I was reviewing some recent columns and realized that I've been ranting about knowledge management and training programs for much of this year.

Flow Meters: Proper Selection Minimizes Measurement Setbacks

There are several types of flow meters used to measure the flow profile of a fluid. They are; turbine flow meters, ultrasonic flow meters, magnetic flow meters, Coriolis flow meters and target flow meters.

Ultrasonic Flow Meters In The Energy Measurement Spotlight

Ultrasonic flow meters are among the most popular of the flow meter types. They are used for a wide range of applications, including natural gas and petroleum liquids custody transfer, check metering and flare gas measurement.

Custody Transfer: The Value Of Good Measurement And The Search For The Truth

Custody transfer measurement in the oil and gas business has been described many ways. It has been called an accuracy in measurement that both the buyer and seller can agree upon and it has been called the best that can be achieved to meet the contract conditions.

Measurement Guru Waxes Philosophically Over Flow Meters

Well-known throughout the flow measurement industry, Jesse Yoder is founder and CEO of Flow Research, Wakefield, MA. Since 2000, he has focused principally on world markets for flow, pressure and temperature devices as they are employed in the energy business. He excels in his chosen pursuit by the force of his intelligence, his enthusiasm and his research and writing aptitude.

FlowServe To Provide Measurement Operations For Northern Natural Gas Pipeline

Northern Natural Gas has tapped Flow-Cal’s Enterprise Application Suite to simplify measurement operations on its natural gas pipeline that extends from the Permian Basin in Texas to the upper Midwest.

Conditioning Orifice Plate For Wet Gas Flow Measurement

As traditional natural gas reservoirs are depleted, producers are forced to target lower pressure wells that typically produce a “wet gas.”