Measurement Guideline for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations

i. The location of the prover taps depends on the type of proving device to be used to
prove the meter, such that the proving device will not interfere with the normal
interaction of the meter and the throttling/dump valve. Tank-type volumetric or
gravimetric provers will require the taps to be downstream of the throttling/dump
valve, while non-tank-type volumetric provers such as ball provers, pipe provers, or
master meters will require the taps to be upstream of the valve. Unconventional
proving that does not meet the above requirements must be approved by the OGC.
j. The size of the prover taps and operation of the prover must not restrict or alter the
normal flow through the meter.
k. Proving may be done with any suitable volumetric or gravimetric prover or a master
l. If a master meter is used for proving, it must have an uncertainty rating equal to or
better than the meter it is being used to prove.
m. Each proving run must consist of a representative volume of oil being directed
through the meter and the prover or master meter. The volume measured by the
prover or by the master meter, after application of any required correction factors, is
divided by the metered volume to determine the meter factor.
n. Subsequent to the meter proving, a tag or label must be attached to the meter and
must identify:
i. The meter serial number.
ii. The date of the proving. DRAFT

iii. The average meter factor.
iv. The type of prover or master meter used.
v. The name of the person performing the prove.
vi. Whether the volume readout is meter factor corrected or whether the volume
readout is meter factor uncorrected. If the meter is connected to an electronic
readout, it may be possible to program the meter factor into the software to allow
the meter to indicate corrected volumes.
If the meter is connected to a manual readout, it is necessary to apply the meter
factor to the observed meter readings to get the corrected volumes.
o. A detailed report indicating the type of prover or master meter used, the run details,
and the calculations conducted during the proving must be either left with the meter
or readily available for inspection by the OGC. If the detailed report is left with the
meter, the foregoing requirement relating to the tag or label is considered to be met.
p. In the case of a Group Oil - Dead Oil delivery point or custody transfer meter, the
meter factor must not include a correction factor for temperature. The meter must be
continuously temperature compensated in accordance with the American Petroleum
Institute (API) Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards (MPMS), Chapter 11.
This requirement does not apply to meter technologies that do not require correction
for temperature. The metered volume must be corrected to 15°C.

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