Denver-based Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. is an exploration and production company focused on extracting oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin, a major oil and gas field that is being actively developed through the use of horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracture stimulation.
They required an accurate and reliable way to measure how much oil and water each well was producing. Tank gauging is the standard method for these challenging applications, but while simple and relatively accurate, tank gauging is time consuming, costly, and entails some safety risks. To account for the production variations among the wells and provide accurate well allocation measurement information, each well on a pad had to flow into a separate tank.
Bonanza Creek was looking for a cost effective alternative way to provide an accurate oil meter at each wellhead, where the oil flows into a separator that separates the water, gas, and oil. They anticipated there would be gas entrained in the fluid coming out of the separator, so they needed an option that could handle entrained gas. This presentation reviews the application requirements and explore the unique details of the OPTIMASS mass flowmeter technology that allow the device to operate continually regardless of entrained gas content, to 100% by volume.
- How entrained gas can affect flow measurement
- How wellhead allocation benefits from continual measurement with EGM
- What happens in a Coriolis mass flowmeter when entrained gas is present
- Considerations for improved wellhead measurement techniques
Steffen studied engineering at the university of applied science in Darmstadt, Germany before he started to work for Krohne, Germany in 2012. He started in inside sales before he became a specials engineer for Coriolis, Vortex and Variable Area flowmeters.
Steffen works in the position of Business Development - Flow and is responsible for NAFTA. Before he moved to North America he also worked in Krohne' s Coriolis factory in England.