Technology Qualification

Technology qualification is critical to oil & gas process equipment, with the following factors play an important role:

    • The need for unconventional process solutions has strongly increased.
    • New equipment needs to be thoroughly tested and characterized before it can be operated under oil and gas field conditions.
    • Major operators do not want to take risks with untested process equipment. Mitigating the risks through proper technology qualification is critical.

Technology qualification process takes place in four (4) phases:

Phase 1:

    • Analytical design work
    • CFD modeling
    • Optimization of design

Phase 2:

    • Small scale testing with model fluids at atmospheric or low pressure
    • Visual observation of tests (wherever possible / feasible) to correlate with CFD modeling results

Phase 3:

    • Large scale testing with model fluids at atmospheric or low pressure
    • Visual observation of tests (wherever possible / feasible) to correlate with CFD modeling results

Phase 4:

    • Large scale testing with live fluids at high pressure simulating realistic field conditions

The requirements for a successful qualification project are:

    • Test conditions need to be as realistic as possible (both equipment scale and fluid properties)
    • In order to identify and quantify physical phenomena that play a critical role, it is also necessary to carry out visual tests and simulations (e.g. CFD)
    • Relevant experience / expertise to interpret results is critical
  • These requirements are all covered by the expertise of our engineers and the characteristics of our flowloops, and enables ProLabNL to provide reliable and fast technology qualification in all the required phases of a project. In addition, ProlabNL can offer the following value added benefits to qualification projects:

      • Tests with automated data acquisition and control systems
      • Visual observation of tests (only in Low Pressure flowloops) to correlate with CFD modeling results
      • Fluid characterization analytical laboratory on site
      • Droplets size distribution analysis expertise with high speed cameras and laser diffraction measurements.
      • Ability to customize flow loops (whenever feasible) to meet client’s test requirements
      • Extensive experience with model fluids and live hydrocarbons (hydrocarbon gas and crude oils)
      • Option for client to remotely observe the tests in real time
      • Option for testing on-site using pilot units (Desanding HC skid, Deoiling HC skid, Test Separator, DUSEC Coalescer Skid)
    • ProlabNL has flow loops available to perform testing of the following third-party oil and gas process equipment and applications:

        • Multiphase and Wet Gas flow meters
        • 2 phase gas-liquid separation (both conventional and compact process equipment)
        • 3 phase oil-water-gas separation (conventional and compact equipment)
        • Testing with mixtures of sand, oil, water and air (sand settling, erosion, fluidisation, slurry transport, etc.)
        • Evaluation of flow regimes, slugging behavior in flowlines
        • Droplet size measurement in oil/water flows, gas/liquid flows, etc.
        • Produced water treatment equipment
        • Other tests, subject to technical evaluation and feasibility of testing
      • One of the technology qualification projects that was executed at ProLabNL is the “Accelerated qualification of a deep water subsea separation system” as seen in the poster below:

        Accelerated qualification of deep water subsea separation systems

        Click here to read the poster