Refineries Refocus on Wastewater

Refineries Refocus on Wastewater | Flowmetrics

Oil and gas companies as an industry are placing higher priorities on waste water management for operational and economic challenges. This trend is in response to the current 2.5 billion barrels of waste water produced yearly by American O&G operations.

Current procedures for oil and gas refining call for a water to oil ratio of 8:1, showing the massive quantities of water required for daily operations. To reduce this vast usage certain engineering feats will have to succeed in improving efficiency or broadening the optimum ranges for processing. One refinery was faced with an exponentially growing cost if a conventional reverse osmosis filtering system was to be placed within the plant. To solve this problem without raising the budget, a 750-gpm unit was installed in a three-tiered skid arrangement and placed in a non-hazardous area of the plant. This resolution saved the refinery from erecting another building for its water management, and kept all extra processing equipment nearby. 

In certain locations and climates, severe droughts are raising doubts about heavy water using industrial plants. High water prices are causing increased costs for operations and drawing needed water away from residents in neighboring counties. New legislation in California has required O&G operators to submit monthly water usage statements to the government to be approved before operation occurs. Being able to reduce the necessary water for cooling, dilution, and transport of these products would improve the chance of continued operations.


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Flow Meters for Every Application

Flow Meters for Every Application | Flowmetrics

There are many flow meter variations out there, and each application requires a different style of meter. Depending on the fluid being measured each style of flow meter may be more suited to that situation. Everything from the viscosity to the potential contaminants plays a part in choosing the perfect flow meter for your needs.

Accuracy Coriolis flow meters are highly accurate, but may impinge the flow of fluids through the pipeline.

Consistency Nutating disk flow meters are simple to replace, but may need repeated calibrations as parts wear down.

Minimal Flow Restriction Electromagnetic flow meters do not block or reduce flow, but can be costly to maintain.


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Flow Meters to Get ‘Drive-by Data’

Flow Meters to Get 'Drive-by Data' | Flowmetrics

The NPNRD, North Platte Natural Resource District, has been awarded $750,000 for research and development on a new telemetry system for faster access to flow meter information.

The new system will allow for remote access to flow meter data with a historical view. A small camera will sit above the meter face and take pictures of the display, these pictures will be uploaded to a website, converted to a digital record, and be available to District staff and the landowner. 


“Producers and landowners will benefit from being provided real-time information to aid in their management decisions,”-General Manager John Berge from NPNRD



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Radar Level Gauge for Liquids

Radar Level Gauge for Liquids | Flowmetrics

The VEGAPULS 64 is a contactless level transmitter that uses radar to detect the level of a container up to 30 meters away with an accurancy of +/- mm. This level of accuracy is unparalleled and due in fact to a tighter beam angle. Other comparable radar liquid level transmitters have an average beam angle of 10°, but the VEGAPULS 64 has a beam angle of 3° allowing for better readings.


The new radar level sensor VEGAPULS 64 is not only ideal for wide use in the chemical and petroleum sectors, but also in the pharmaceutical and food industries, because of its hygienic materials and design. The relevant approvals for this sector, such as 3A and EHDEG, are available at launch. Thanks to its small antenna – the diameter of the smallest version is no larger than a 1-euro coin – it results in very compact process fittings, which means the sensor can offer an interesting alternative for confined spaces in small vessels.


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