NEL starts build of £16-million subsea development center


NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England -- NEL, the flow measurement R&D specialist, has commenced the build of its £16-million Centre of Excellence (CoE) for subsea development. The new high pressure multi-phase flow test facility will have the largest test range in the world, positioning Scotland as a world leader in multi-phase flow measurement.

The CoE will allow a greater understanding of the impact of higher operating pressures on measurement equipment in extreme subsea environments. The testing range of the new facility includes single-phase, multi-phase and dry gas, at operating pressures up to 150 bar - doubling current existing capabilities to replicate subsea production conditions. Its range and combination of operating pressures, temperatures, flowrates and metrology will be unique worldwide.

NEL already has a comprehensive range of flow testing facilities at its National Standard laboratory at their East Kilbride campus. The new CoE building will span 1,600 m2, and contain a £1.45 million, full production scale separator, with an operating weight of 270 tonnes.

Focused predominantly on the £50 billion per annum global subsea sector, the CoE will facilitate company-led industrial projects and product development, SME support, hands-on industry training, and academic research. Creating at least 17 new jobs and safeguarding a further 82, the center will future-proof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil & gas production market for the next 25 years.

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