Technical Bulletin

MARCH 1998

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Framo Subsea Multiphase Flow Meter for Marathon’s West Brae Field has accumulated 6 months of successful operation
The first Subsea Multiphase Flow Meter in the UK Sector of the North Sea has accumulated more than 6 months of successful operating experience on the West Brae Field. This adds to the successful experience with the only other subsea multiphase meters in operation i.e., the Framo multiphase meters on the East Spar Field in Australia. The West Brae Multiphase Flow Meter is installed in the subsea manifold structure at approx. 100 meters depth where it continuously measures flow rates of oil, water and gas in addition to temperature and pressure from each individual well. Subsea metering is important for Marathon in order to optimise the production from each of the wells since no test line and well test facility are available. West Brae / Sedgwick Development
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BG Ltd. Kerr McGee Oil (UK) PLC. Box 174. Marathon UK’s Subsea Project engineer on the West Brae Field development Framo Engineering AS.Technical Bulletin March 1998 The West Brae/Sedgwick joint field development operated by Marathon Oil UK Ltd.Talisman Energy. “The multiphase meter was installed in the manifold at the manifold fabrication yard. and the multiphase meter has supplied us with valuable production data. Marathon Oil UK Ltd. “ We selected a subsea multiphase meter for West Brae to improve well management by on-line well monitoring of one well at a time. N-5049 Sandsli. There are no requirements for straight pipe lengths upstream or downstream of the meter. Marathon would like to acknowledge their support for the use of innovative technology. The insert is locked into the barrel and equipped with metal seals for full pressure integrity. Telefax + 47 55 92 89 00/10.O.no . Ian Simm. The West Brae / Sedgwick field is operated by Marathon Oil UK Ltd on behalf of the West Brae group. The receiver barrel with the integrated mixer is permanently installed on the subsea structure and includes no active elements. Sands Oil & Gas Ltd. Telephone + 47 55 92 88 00. has been developed using a manifold and well cluster arrangement. The manifold is configured to take flow from 5 West Brae wells and a connection to Sedgwick Field. Marathon and Western Mining Corp. British Borneo Oil & gas Ltd. and production started mid October. Data transmission to the surface installation is via a RS-422 Modbus RTU link through the Kvaerner Oilfield Product’s production control system pod. P. The group consists of . E-mail: post@framoeng. The receiver barrel also serves as the inlet and outlet housing and functions as a guide and support during installation of the insert cartridge.” says Ian Simm.. It is also configured for 2 water injection wells. BP Exploration Operating Co Ltd. The multiphase flow meter has been in continuous operation since production start-up.” says Ian Simm. Norway. LL&E (UK) Inc. Sandsliåsen 40. Page 2 of 5 Subsea meter mounted in subsea manifold Insert Design BP. selected the FRAMO subsea multiphase meter design which utilises a barrel-style meter with an insert cartridge incorporating all active instruments.5 km from the West Brae manifold. The field is tied back to Brae Alpha platform which is 8. This eliminates the requirement for testing the wells by difference through the single production line. Subsea Project Engineer on the West Brae Field development. The manifold was installed subsea summer 97.

N-5049 Sandsli. the followingcomparison can be given for the GOR readings: Multiphase meter GOR Standard deviation 229 scf/bbl 0. Based on the curves.9% and with relative deviation for the GOR of only 3 scf/bbl or 1. In the initial phase of the West Brae Field. Curve No 1 12 minute plot over 72 hours Reference system (ultrasonic meter) Multiphase meter Framo Engineering AS. Curve No 2 shows how stable the multiphase meter oilflow rate (green) is compared to the ultrasonic meter (red) for 1 hour plot over 72 hours. Box 174. P. Telefax + 47 55 92 89 00/10. This well was routed through the subsea meter and compared with the reference system (ultrasonic meter exit West Brae main separation) on the Brae A platform.Technical Bulletin March 1998 Page 3 of 5 Accuracy The subsea multiphase meter at West Brae is measuring the flow rates in accordance to specifications. Norway. Sandsliåsen 40.no . only one single well was in operation. E-mail: post@framoeng.5 % Relative deviation 1. Curve No 3 gives the Gas Oil Ratio (GOR) readings for the multiphase meter (green) and the platform’s reference system (red). Telephone + 47 55 92 88 00.4% to the reference system (orifice meter).O. The readings of the subsea meter are very stable and data lies on average within 2-3% of the reference system. Curve No 1 shows 12 minutes plot over 72hrs of oil flow rate from the multiphase meter (green line) compared with the readings from the ultrasonic meter (red).4 % The multiphase meter gives very stable readings with standard deviation of 0.9 % Ultrasonic meter (JD) 226 scf/bbl 3.

Norway. Telephone + 47 55 92 88 00. P.Technical Bulletin March 1998 Page 4 of 5 Curve No 2 Hourly average plot over 72 hours Oil flow readings Reference system (ultrasonic meter) Multiphase meter Curve No 3 Gas flow readings Reference system (orifice meter) Multiphase meter Framo Engineering AS. Telefax + 47 55 92 89 00/10. Box 174. E-mail: post@framoeng.O. N-5049 Sandsli. Sandsliåsen 40.no .

Independent of flow regime Venturi meter Gamma fraction meter . Framo Engineering AS is the market leader in multiphase metering.No intrusive instruments in the flow . Box 174.0-100% Water Cut . Sandsliåsen 40.0-100% Gas Volume Fraction .3 Subsea Meters and 17 Topside Meters in operation worldwide .Require no tuning/calibration against a test separator or reference system .Calculations are based on basic physical principles . Maersk Olie & Gas. Texaco. P. N-5049 Sandsli.26 multiphase meter sold Inlet Barrel Particulars .Fully remote calibration available . BP.Multiphase meters in successful operation both subsea and topside world-wide . Ranger Oil.O. A total of 26 units have been sold to operators such as Marathon. Zakum Development Company and Western Mining Corp. if assistance is required.no . Telefax + 47 55 92 89 00/10. Statoil. Norway. E-mail: post@framoeng. Telephone + 47 55 92 88 00. Norsk Hydro. The flow computer is connected to the host control system.Technical Bulletin March 1998 Page 5 of 5 Operating Conditions • WC at actual condition 0 . Pemex. Agip.Large flow turndown . Arco. but can also be directly accessed via modem.Accepted for allocation measurement in accordance with statutory requirements Outlet Framo Engineering AS. This allows Framo service engineers access to the system from Norway. BHP Petroleum.10 Test Applications world-wide .80% • Total actual flow rate (liquid and gas) • Design pressure • Flow regimes Up to 550 m3/h 230 bar All A dedicated flow computer for the subsea multiphase flow meter is installed at Brae A platform.92% • GVF at actual condition 60 . Proven Technology Retrieval cartridge Clamp Flow mixer .

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