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SPE Multiphase Flow Metering Challenges and Technology Development

17 – 19 November 2014

Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Technical Agenda

Session 1: Surface Multiphase Flow Metering—Challenges and Solutions

Session Chairs: Ammal F. Anazi and Zaki B. Husain, Saudi Aramco

Accurate inline measurement of all the three phases from an oil/gas well throughout its production life is vital from an engineering perspective. Among many benefits, it helps in effective reservoir management which, in turn, helps in extending the life of the well by monitoring and controlling critical parameters in maintaining an optimised production. Multiphase flow meters, MPFM are being utilised extensively in the oil and gas industry to measure the three phase flow rates. The physics, metrology, fluid properties, phase behaviour, flow regimes, safety and operational practices, and piping configuration determine the overall measurement accuracy of an MPFM unit.

In this inaugural session, we’ll take the big picture and discuss all the challenges that the MPFM industry is facing from the perspective of the end-users, the researchers, as well as the suppliers. Additionally, we’ll take a look at all the available solutions that exist for any given challenge. Each presenter will present a challenge and offer the solution that will mitigate the challenge, and the audience will be expected to offer their comments to further broaden the discussion.


  • Speaker 1: Mohammad Dabbous, Saudi Aramco
  • Speaker 2: Bertrand Theuveny, Schlumberger
  • Speaker 3: Lex Scheers, Letton Hall Group & Geir Kaada, FMC Technologies
  • Speaker 4: Jankees Hogendoorn, KROHNE
  • Speaker 5: Ninan Mathews, Emerson
  • Speaker 6: Antonio Martino, HAIMO

Session 2: Sub-Surface Multiphase Flow Metering—Challenges and Solutions

Session Chairs: Mohamed Noui-Mehidi, Saudi Aramco; Mustapha Abbad, Schlumberger

The session will be dedicated to permanent in-well sensing and multiphase metering technologies. Downhole flow monitoring and control is an essential part of advanced completions in order to reliably build a comprehensive management of oil and gas reservoirs. Downhole and reservoir monitoring are important to enhance oil and gas recovery by supplying in-flow distribution along reservoir, giving flexibility and improving reservoir management strategies and reducing the number of well interventions.

Advances in downhole flow monitoring and metering will be shared in the session along with a few case studies.


  • Speaker 1: Saeed Abu Baker, Saudi Aramco
  • Speaker 2: Gary Martin Oddie, Schlumberger
  • Speaker 3: Murat Zeybek, Schlumberger
  • Speaker 4: Suresh Jacob, Saudi Aramco

Session 3: Single Point and Distributed Sensing

Session Chairs: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan; Silixa; Saeed Mubarak, Saudi Aramco

It has been accepted downstream industry practice to utilise continuous measurements to manage and optimize production facilities. The upstream industry has begun its journey towards having similar capabilities. The introduction of upstream and downstream single and distributed measurement technologies along with associated business intelligence environments have altered the requirements for monitoring and managing hydrocarbon assets and have created numerous business and technological improvement opportunities.

The intent of this session is to assess the current reality and applications of our single and distributed downhole sensing technologies, present actual implementations, demonstrate their value, and identify their challenges to allow better evaluation of capabilities and limitations in addition to making sure that all companies are aware of expectations and associated requirements. Moreover, the session will be a venue to gain insight on current and upcoming technologies.


  • Speaker 1: Dominic Brady, Schlumberger
  • Speaker 2: Kyojiro Kawaguchi, Yokogawa Electric Corporation
  • Speaker 3: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Silixa
  • Speaker 4: Salim Barwani, Petroleum Development Oman

Session 4: Downstream Metering

Session Chair: Mohamed Salim, Saudi Aramco; Alexandre Martins, Schlumberger

This session will be looking into fiscal and non-fiscal hydrocarbon gas and liquid metering systems, their recent advances in terms of primary sensors, system integration. Consideration will be given to flow metering systems from wellhead to the customer including the integration of multiphase metering, process metering and fiscal metering as a total solution to perform reconciliation from what is derived from ground to what is delivered to the customer—complete supply chain monitoring and reporting.


  • Speaker 1: Keith Stephen, Alderly Systems
  • Speaker 2: Venky Venkatesan, Emerson
  • Speaker 3: Gabriel Dragnea, EXPRO
  • Speaker 4: Mohamed Salim, Saudi Aramco

Session 5: Virtual Metering

Session Chair: Sami El-Ferik, KFUPM; Alexandre Martins, Schlumberger

Availability of a system for real-time online metering of the individual flow rates of water, oil and gas coming from oil wells is crucial to both field operators and production engineers. This session is dedicated to multiphase virtual measurement systems for they provide a flexible, adaptable, and low-cost solution to multiphase flow metering. Presentation topics will cover state-of-the art solutions in this field with the scope ranging from innovative research ideas and new technologies, to industrial case studies and field experience.


  • Speaker 1: Andreas Lovli, FMCTi
  • Speaker 2: Rajaperumal Jagannathan, Weatherford
  • Speaker 3: Ahmad Shammari, Saudi Aramco

Session 6: Future Metering and Innovation

Session Chairs: Mohamed Noui-Mehidi, Saudi Aramco; Mohamed Salim, Saudi Aramco

This session will be dedicated to sharing advances in multiphase flow metering, sensor technology, and virtual metering with regards to field challenges that will be highlighted in previous sessions.

Measurement methods, data processing limitations and data reconciliation and how they can be optimised will be presented in several talks that will be followed by discussions about enhancing existing capabilities in metering and potential implementation.


Speaker 1: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Silixa