In many mature fields production well testing is limited by the availability of test separator. Prior industry attempts to utilize the new technology of multiphase metering to fill this gap has been hampered by the cost of multiphase meters. This paper describes the development and field tests of a low cost portable multiphase meter. The meter utilizes the Coriolis flow meter technology combined with a microwave based water cut meter that can measure WC in the 0-100% range. The combination of these techniques provides a light weight metering package that can be mounted on trailer for portable well testing. This multiphase meter can measure oil, water and gas without separation of the production stream at low GOR. These applications can be found in mature fields with low GOR and in heavy oil fields.
The multiphase meter was subjected to field qualification tests prior to deployment in a West Texas field. The paper describes the results from the qualification tests and the performance history during the 18 months of deployment in the field. Well test data from the multiphase meter is compared to conventional test separator and grab samples. Comparison between the test separator and the multiphase meter shows average liquid flow deviation of about ±7%. The water cut was measured within 1-2 points of the water cut from the test separator.