During late-November/early December 2021, our prototype Flodatix Meter successfully underwent initial field trials with a UK onshore oil & gas company. Over the course of the trials Flodatix Meter took measurements from two ‘rod pump’ wells and one ‘power fluid’ well.
Logistics for the deployment of Flodatix Meter to the site were very straightforward, particularly as it is not subject to the cumbersome regulations applying to MPFMs using a nuclear (gamma) source. Disruption at the client’s site was kept to a minimum during installation, running the trials themselves and the decommissioning of our instrument at the end of these trials.
Despite flow rates typically below the preferred operational envelope of our Flodatix Meter 4” prototype, we were able to demonstrate a high degree of accuracy when comparing the output from our MPFM to site reference measurements. In addition, Flodatix was able to provide the client with greater insight into the slugging characteristics of both oil and water produced from their wells, presenting our data in averaged 1-minute graphical plots derived from direct measurements from Flodatix Meter. This better understanding of flow regimes provided by Flodatix Meter will allow the client to make better informed decisions on the most cost-effective method of future artificial lift, i.e., whether to use a rod pump system or a power fluid system.
At the conclusion of these tests our two prototype systems were de-commissioned and cleaned up before being despatched to Houston, Texas, where they were installed onto skids fabricated in the US during January in readiness for initial field tests in the Permian basin during Q1 2022.