A consortium of software company Arundo Analytics and automation technologies supplier ABB has created the first Cloud-based virtual multiphase flow meters for the offshore oil and gas industry.
According to ABB, the new solution is set to be part of the fully integrated ABB Ability portfolio.
The Cloud-to-Cloud solution will offer a more reliable option for operators by providing connectivity between ABB Ability and Arundo’s Composer and Fabric software.
Providing analytics as a service, the virtual flow meter enables facilities to gain real-time data for understanding the constituent properties of any given stream of produced fluids.
ABB group Offshore Oil & Gas Digital vice-president Espen Storkaas said: “Using the scalable Arundo software to combine physical models with the latest in-data science and machine learning, we are able to bring a number of innovative, Cloud-based data-driven applications to the oil and gas industry.”
ABB uses its physical modelling and simulation knowledge to deliver analytical insights, including modelling flows of individual phases of various intermingled fluids in a single stream.
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The flows are typically measured with multiphase flow meters (MPFMs), which are deemed costly.
Arundo co-founder and commercial lead Mogens Mathiesen said: “Arundo’s software is purpose-built for taking desktop-based analytical models into live, online environments in just minutes.
“This collaboration will give the industry more transparency into their operations, while also supporting with the need to find cost-efficient, reliable solutions.”
In a separate move, ABB has unveiled a new global collaborative operations centre equipped with industry experts and enhanced digital technologies.
The new centre will enable customers in the oil, gas and chemicals (OGC) industries to improve operations and maintenance using the services of digital technologies operations experts.
Based in Norway, the centre will offer information insights to help enhance customers’ profitability and productivity.