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DNV GL launches industry’s first technology qualification scheme to assure accuracy of gas flow metering in field conditions

Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference, Amsterdam: Currently there is no independent technology qualification (TQ) [1] scheme available for high-end fiscal gas meters under field conditions. This results in the industry facing high risks for metering errors, potentially causing revenue loss running into millions of euros. DNV GL’s new qualification scheme will provide confidence in the field robustness of these meters.

Liv Hovem, Senior Vice President, DNV GL - Oil & Gas

Today’s standards for gas flow metering are applicable for design and installation of the meters. However none of these cover the sensitivity of the flow metering equipment in real life field applications which might change during operation.  

“The operational use of a flow meter in field applications can be distorted by many factors. The presence of liquids, dust, accumulated dirt on the inside of the pipe and meter, as well as vibrations and pulsations or a noisy valve – all of these factors can severely influence the results. These difficult field conditions can lead to inaccuracies in metering after design and installation and pose a major financial risk for metering system operators,” explains DNV GL’s Senior Vice President, Oil & Gas, Liv Hovem. “DNV GL’s new qualification scheme provides assurance of the meter’s field robustness,” she continues.  

DNV GL’s Senior Principal Consultant for Flow & Flow Acoustics, Henk Riezebos, says: “The new scheme is risk-based and assesses to what extent the meter is being influenced by field distortions. It ensures greater accuracy in the field for higher value metering, thereby reducing the potential loss of revenue. When the technology qualification process has been completed for a flow meter, a technology certificate is issued in which robustness claims are verified for the specific technology.”  

The new technology qualification scheme for high accuracy gas flow meters is based on DNV GL’s industry recognized Recommended Practice (RP) DNV-RP-A203 Technology Qualification. The process is widely accepted and applied for new technology, particularly in offshore applications.  

The TQ process is a methodology developed with specific acceptance criteria for technology under review and can be applied during any stage of the development lifecycle of systems or technology.  

Two of DNV GL’s world-class laboratories are qualified to do the testing and verification of high end meters: Groningen Gas and Multiphase Flow Laboratories in the Netherlands and the Flow Centre in Durham, UK. These labs have accurate flow references well-suited to determine how metering systems will react on several real-life field distortions. In addition to testing in its own laboratories, DNV GL also provides independent verification of field robustness testing performed at other laboratories or in field applications as part of the verification process.  

“DNV GL has more than 30 years of hands-on gas metering experience. We provide gas users and traders with metering policy advice and recommended practices to enable the best industry practices while managing investment and operational costs,” continues Liv Hovem. 

DNV GL also provides a number of courses that focus on fiscal and allocation metering of dry gas, wet gas and multiphase flows. 

Visit us at DNV GL’s stand #1.094 in Hall 1 at the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference in Amsterdam, 25-26 October 2016. DNV GL experts will be presenting technical sessions and Lunch & Learn sessions during the show.

For further information about the new scheme please contact:

Henk Riezebos
Sr. Principal Consultant, Flow & Flow Acoustics
DNV GL - Oil & Gas
Tel: +31 50 7009748

Further information about DNV GL's Technology Qualification scheme for gas flow meters under field conditions is available here.

1. What is Technology Qualification? 

Technology Qualification (TQ) is the process of providing evidence that the technology will function within specified limits with an acceptable level of confidence. In the absence of a relevant standard for a new technology, or if the new technology is not fully covered by pre-existing standards, technology qualification can enable implementation, thereby helping to create new business opportunities or improve safety, reliability or profitability. 

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