Emerson launches compact multi-phase meter for shale fields


STAVANGER -- Emerson has launched a new smaller version of its industry leading Roxar Multi-phase Meter (MPFM) 2600 - a small size, cost-effective and modular flow meter specifically designed to address the flow profiles of North American shale fields and provide a meter suitable for the lifetime of the wells. Through switching from one separator per well to one Roxar multi-phase meter per well, operators can reduce facilities capital investments at the well pad by over 50%, supporting Emerson’s Project Certainty initiative as operators strive for Top Quartile Performance in capital efficiency in unconventional assets.

Emerson has launched a new, smaller version of its Roxar Multi-phase Meter. Photo: Emerson.

Other operator benefits include improved and more accurate well allocation; a reduced well pad footprint; and reduced environment exposure as tanks are pushed downstream to central facilities where they can be more efficiently monitored for regulatory and environment compliance, delivering operational excellence.

The new compact MPFM 2600 is part of the scalable Roxar Multi-phase Meter product family built on measurement principles used in over 1,500-m installations worldwide, and enables shale operators to monitor the flow from the well stream continuously and in real-time.

The cost-effective meter, which has an internal diameter of just 35 mm (1.38 in.), specifically aims to address unconventional fields’ unique well characteristics. In addition to the same world-class functionality and performance of other Roxar Multi-phase Meters, the compact version comes with improved algorithms and models, and a brand new, ease-of-use operator interface. The interface streamlines installation and commissioning and provides improved graphical views for trending, visualization of well data, and configuration of the meter.

The Roxar MPFM 2600 includes three main modules - electrical impedance measurements, a field replaceable insert venturi, and a gamma system. Together, these are used for determining phase fractions and flowrates. The meter can be used for applications such as flow back measurements, well testing and allocation metering, and can detect changes in flow rates and fractions immediately, providing necessary royalty payments and enabling precise actions to be taken.

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