Scottish startup develops 'smarter, safer' offshore flow measurement technology
New automated technology to accurately and safely measure and analyse flow data on offshore installations is being launched by an Aberdeenshire-based startup
GM Flow Measurement Services Ltd, has developed a range of smart, safe and reliable flow measurement services and products to support production, exploration, and well services operations.
The start-up business, founded in 2014, has completed successful field tests and is gearing up for growth, with the support of Scottish Enterprise.
Their technology is based around two metering products which it says are safer, more robust and more accurate than others on the market. The meters have a smaller footprint, so they can save on space on the well site as well as eliminating the need for manual intervention and costly production shutdowns.
“We’ve spent the last four years developing and testing our products and are confident we have an intelligent but simple solution to the challenges in getting accurate flow data and then using the analysis more effectively," said Gavin Munro, managing director of GM Flow Services Ltd. “We are aiming to become the industry’s new standard in gas flow measurement metering and, as a result, grow the company significantly in the UK and overseas.
“Our expert team helps customers to fully understand and manage their flow measurement requirements; whether it be for fixed or portable well testing separator, custody transfer, gas-lift, fuel gas or high-pressure gas re-injection. Our new range of technology can overcome field operational constraints and functional concerns with conventional devices and equipment.”
From robust test and production separator applications to intelligent flow meters to accurately analyse gas and water injection, GM Flow designs, develops and delivers technology for on and offshore developments around the globe.
The firm also specialises in gas lift and general oilfield liquid and gas pumping flow measurement applications. Its service portfolio includes design, provision, commissioning and testing of specific flow projects, large and small.
Meeting industry demand for a bespoke gas flow measurement tool, GM Flow has launched Adjusta-Cone® - an automatic and fully adjustable differential pressure cone meter for natural gas, which GM Flow says is the first of its kind. Having recently completed successful field trials in the North Sea and the Middle East, the device is a safer, more accurate and cost-effective alternative to conventional dual chamber orifice plate fittings for flow measurement.
For well services, GM Flow can also resolve the common problems associated with measuring high pressure nitrogen gas flow during well testing, coiled tubing milling and gas lift operations with Integra-Cone™ The device is specifically designed and developed as a high-pressure nitrogen flow meter.