Multiphase metering proves effective in SAGD tests

Parviz MehdizadehProduction Technology Inc. Scottsdale, Ariz. Field tests in Alberta showed that multiphase meters can measure the high-temperature fluids produced in steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) projects. Click here to enlarge imageTwo different operators conducted the tests. Both operators employ SAGD or a modification thereof to produce the bitumen, although the produced fluids differ at each of the two sites (Table 1).Tests at both sites involved Agar Corp. manufactured multiphase meters.The accurate measurement of oil, water, gas, and steam in heavy-oil thermal production is a difficult task, but the accuracy is critical for reservoir management and production diagnos...

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