Multiphase meters must change and adapt to meet operator challenges. Such challenges include more geologically complex and remote fields, environmental concerns on the gamma sources in multiphase meters, and the need to manage costs at the same time as optimizing production.

The paper will tackle the question of how multiphase meters can meet these challenges, generate more detailed knowledge on flow rates and complex flow patterns, be more compact and flexible, and also meet the environmental concerns of nucleonic sources.

Referencing a number of test results, the paper will chart the development of a new measurement principle for multiphase meters based on voxel-based signal processing, a new electrode geometry sensor and new field electronics to generate more combinations and more accurate fraction measurements and velocities for each segment, as well as the incorporation of both rotational near wall measurements and cross-volume measurements.

Finally, the paper will also look at the challenge of desiging a multiphase meter which improves flow measurement accuracy but provides cost savings in terms of installation, maintenance and deck space. Environmental concerns will be addressed by examining how an X-ray based densitometer can replace the multiphase meter’s gamma source by utilising the attenuation measurements of the same photon energies as a low energy gamma-ray source. The importance of a field replaceable insert venturi will also be examined.

The findings from the paper will be of interest to any operator or well testing company wanting to increase the production optimization capabilities of multiphase meters, while at the same time addressing cost, flexibility and environmental concerns.

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