Virtual system provides reliable multiphase metering from Malampaya wells

Paulo Picart, Shell Philippines Exploration BV, ManilaSonny Llave, Multiphase Solutions Inc., HoustonOperational experience shows that virtual metering of multiphase flow from subsea wells in the Malampaya project, off the Philippines, has been cost-effective, accurate, and reliable in determining individual well production.The Virtual Metering System (VMS), provided by Multiphase Solutions Inc. (MSi), Houston, has now almost 3 years of operational experience on Malampaya, since the field's first gas production in October 2001.The system also controls methanol injection rates for hydrate inhibition as well as providing data for production reconciliation.The only warning is that its co...

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