SPE Workshop: Multiphase and Wet Gas Flow Measurements in Conventional and Unconventional Data Driven Environment 28 - 29 Jan 2020 The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center Galveston, Texas, USA


Monday, January 27

12:30 - 17:00
Training Course: Multiphase Measurements In Practice
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Nikhil Joshi

This course covers a brief introduction to multiphase measurements. This will include their value proposition, hardware selection with placement considerations and integration of the hardware and data. It will further focus on 3-phase in-line measurements and not necessarily on measurement after partial separation.

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Tuesday, January 28

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 10:00
Session 1: Keynote and Opening Session
Moderator(s) Rajan Chokshi, Accutant Solutions; Nikhil Joshi, Moulinex Energy
Speaker(s) Bob Webb, RAWebb Consulting

This session will cover what originally caused multiphase and wet gas measurement to be a necessity in the oil and gas business; the history of the technology; the stakeholders and performance owners; and looks towards the future by posing the question of "What and Where Next".

10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Session 2: MPFM/WGFM Integration and Use Within Digital Oilfield Architectures
Session Chairpersons Neeraj Zambare, Kongsberg; Amin Amin, Belsim Engineering

MPFM/WGFM integration and use within digital oilfield architectures and strategy examines how multiphase measurement technology is deployed within integrated systems/digital twin applications and used to leverage enhanced production opportunities. This session also includes virtual and physical meter discussion and stand-alone flow sensing.

The session discussions are meant to touch at any type or scale of data integration involving the use of MPFM/WGFM, or their underlying measurements. This of course would depend on the sought benefit and the application. A short but not limited list of such applications could be:

  • Way to integrate MPFM with surface facilities: well testing or continuous well rate determination
  • Handling MPFM measurement consistency between subsea and topside installations, especially in the presence of different MPFM measuring technologies
  • Use of MPFM dynamic response in transient flow assurance applications
  • Production configuration scenarios: individual wells, commingled wells/streams, test headers/manifolds
  • Integration of MPFM with well testing operations; pressure drop (back pressure), test frequency, dynamic response, transient test analysis (rate-pressure convolution)
  • Data integration from different sources: modeling techniques, measures of improvement (KPIs)
  • Similarity and dissimilarity of MPFM and VFM - measurement and modeling, common modes or not so common, complementing roles/backups
  • MPFM use with VFM: physical flowrate measurement for VFM tuning, or as an integral part of the VFM model
Topic Speaker(s)
Artificial Intelligence Application in Well Test Optimization by Using MPFM Shawn Tan, Haimo America
Assessment of Allocation Systems: Combining Data Validation and Reconciliation Scheme and PVT Simulations - WGM Field Case Study Dennis van Putten, DNV GL
A Complete Metering Approach for a Successful Field Startup Matt Pusard, Wood


12:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:00
Session 3: Multiphase and Wet Gas Flow Meter Performance Surveillance and Validation
Session Chairpersons Matt Zimmerman BP; Alex Vera, Pietro Florentini

Examines the techniques used to perform measurement performance surveillance and validation of multiphase flow measurement technologies in the field. Techniques include the use of meter diagnostics, process monitoring, material balances, fluid sampling and analysis, and comparison to reference measurement systems.

Topic Speaker(s)
MPFM Performance Surveillance and Validation: A Look at the Impact of Small Things on the Big Picture Brandon Buquet, Anadarko
Detailed Multiphase Meter Validation Process - Beyond Standard Volumes Robbie Lansangan, TechnipFMC


15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
Session 4: MPFM/WGFM Input Fluid Parameter Characterization
Session Chairpersons John Lievois, Weatherford; Dilhan Goonesekera, OneSubsea, a Schlumberger Company

Fluid property characterization is important for any type of production well testing and is especially important for successful use of multiphase or wet gas flow meters. This session will focus on the fluid property data required to maintain an accurate and reliable measurement throughout the life of field. The session will also explore the impact of subsea water characterization for offshore gas wells.

Topic Speaker(s)
Challenges and Considerations for MPFM/WGFM Fluid Property Configuration - An Operator's Perspective Matt Zimmerman, BP
Practical Challenges in Generating and Deploying Consistent PVT Data Daniel Rodriguez, Weatherford
The Impacts of Measurement: How Measurement is Used Beyond Allocation Eric Grzelak, OneSubsea


17:00 - 18:30

Wednesday, January 29

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 5: MPFMs in Tight Reservoir Applications
Session Chairpersons Flavia Viana, Chevron ETC

This session will cover current practices and trends in the use of MPFMs for production measurement in tight reservoirs. A panel session will be facilitated to explore the use of MPFMs as an alternative to traditional well testing, associated challenges and added benefits, and the potential for expanded deployment to sustain larger production of MPMFs at much lower capital cost.

Topic Speaker(s)
Benefits of Using MPFM; Offshore and Conventional Reservoir Perspectives on Land Unconventional Applications Imed Benlizidia, Saudi Aramco; Brandon Buquet, Anadarko
Range of Operating Conditions and Challenges in Shale Applications Ramiro Cardenas, Verdun Oil; Liviu Husoschi, Schlumberger
Lease Ownership and Production Allocation in Shale Applications    Nikhil Joshi, Moulinex Consulting
Vendor Deployment Survey Brian Thigpen, Chevron; Flavia Viana, Chevron ETC


09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 6: MPFM/WGFM Specification, Testing, and Life of Field Design
Session Chairpersons Lars Farestvedt, TechnipFMC; Sharon McCurdy, Emerson Automation Solutions

Examines the mechanical and measurement specifications of subsea, offshore  and onshore MPFM/WFGM applications, including meter life expectancy. Reviews testing/calibration/maintenance requirements prior to, during, and after meter start-up in the field, and how to optimize performance through life of field.

Topic Speaker(s)
Sources of and Determination of Non-Metering Uncertainties in Multiphase Meter Performance Evaluation Robbie Lansangan, TechnipFMC
Testing Life of Field Integration Options for MPFM’s in Pad-Based Unconventional Operations Stuart Scott, ConocoPhillips
Multiphase Meter Placement in Deepwater Nikhil Joshi, Moulinex Energy


11:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 15:00
Session 7: What is the Opportunity for Multiphase Flow Metering with the Significant Change Over the Last 5 Years: Oil Crisis, LNG & Shale Growth, Digitalization...?
Session Chairpersons Rajan Chokshi, Accutant Solutions; Nikhil Joshi, Moulinex Energy
Speaker(s) Bruno Pinguet, TUV-SUD

Over the last 30 years, barely 10,000 Multiphase meters have been sold worldwide. The trend of acceptance, if slightly higher with time, is not reaching an outstanding sales level. Meanwhile, newcomers are present; this means that some of the work and knowledge established over the years were right and some wrong. Multiphase flow is at the core of oil and gas production, how can we gain from the MPFM and WGFM? Through 2 hours of discussion, we expect to address at least 5 topics used as a milestone.