• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2016, Volume: 9, Issue: 5, Pages: 1-9

Original Article

Measuring Rate and Quantity of Multiphase Streams


Background/Objectives: The problem of correct measuring the multiphase stream component flowrate has been solved since 1830. This problem is particularly acute for oil and gas equipment manufacturers in the Western Siberia – the main Russian ‘pantry’ of oil and gas. Methods/Statistical analysis: The article discusses the main challenges and the existing methods for measurement flowrate and quantity of oil-and-gas condensate multiphase flows typical of Western Siberia. The information about on separating and non-separating multiphase flow meters and data concerning the physical principles underlying their operation are given, their advantages and disadvantages are discussed. Findings and Improvements: It is shown that the component consumption and quantity of oil and gas flow is measured, in most cases, using various separators. It is proposed to use non-separating multiphase flow meters-counters to measure the flow rate and quantity of gas-condensate streams with low liquid phase content. To test any type of multiphase flowmeters, in 2015 the largest in Russia the Research and Testing Flow Measuring Unit for Multiphase Streams (RTUMS) was built and put into operation in Tyumen – the basic reference standard of the 1st rank multiphase stream flow rate. The unit was constructed within the joint project “Development and serial production of the metering unit for oil and gas produced in the fields finishing their production” that was implemented together by HMS Neftemash OJSC and FSBEI HPE Tyumen State University (RF Government Order No 218 dd. April 9, 2010). A brief description of the Unit is given. It is noted that RTFMU creation is a necessary prerequisite for MPFM development, creation and application in engineering practice, though insufficient. A conclusion is drawn about the necessity to develop an appropriate infrastructure to create competitive multiphase flowmeters in Russia.

Keywords: Gas, Gas Condensate, Measurements, Multiphase Flow Meters, Multiphase Streams, Oil, Testing 


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