New Improvements to Deepwater Subsea Measurement

Topics: Subsea systems
Source: OTC 25686
Fig. 1—Conceptual drawing of an ROV-conveyed apparatus for sampling at a deepwater measurement point.

In an effort to develop new measurement technologies for ultradeepwater oil and gas production, the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory under the Research Partnership To Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) has initiated a new project. This project, titled More Improvements to Deepwater Subsea Measurement, has addressed those gaps that were identified by an earlier RPSEA project as the most pressing for multiphase-flow measurement.


Approximately 15 years ago, as offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere moved off the continental shelf and into truly deep water, it became apparent that methods of measuring the flow of oil and gas would have to change in a significant manner. Not only did formidable technical challenges exist in performing production tests on wells that were many miles away in 1000 m or more of water, but the economics of installing test lines to perform such tests simply was not acceptable. Production from many wells would be commingled, and one of two alternatives would have to be chosen: Either a clever way of testing well rates from the combined flow would be developed, or each well’s rate of production would be measured before commingling.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper OTC 25686, “More Improvements to Deepwater Subsea Measurement: Overview,” by W. Letton, Letton Hall Group; J.M. Pappas, Research Partnership To Secure Energy for America; and J. Shen, Chevron, prepared for the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, 4–7 May. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2015 Offshore Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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New Improvements to Deepwater Subsea Measurement

01 March 2016

Volume: 68 | Issue: 3