NEL – the flow-measurement R&D specialist – has started construction of its new £16 million Centre of Excellence for subsea development to help position Scotland as a world leader in multiphase flow measurement.
Targeted at the £50 billion per annum global subsea sector, the CoE will facilitate company-led industrial projects and product development, SME support, hands-on industry training, and academic research.
Creating at least 17 new jobs and safeguarding a further 82, the centre will future-proof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil and gas production market for the next 25 years.
The new high pressure multiphase flow test facility in East Kilbride will have the largest test range in the world
The centre will allow a greater understanding of the impact of higher operating pressures on measurement equipment in extreme subsea environments. The testing range of the new facility includes single-phase, multiphase and dry gas, at operating pressures up to 150 bar – doubling current existing capabilities to replicate subsea production conditions.
NEL already has a comprehensive range of flow testing facilities at its National Standard laboratory at its East Kilbride campus. The new CoE building will span 1,600 m2, and contain a £1.45 million, full production scale separator, with an operating weight of 270 tonnes.
Brian Millington, NEL Managing Director, said: “The investment in the CoE marks a significantly positive step for the global oil and gas sector, which has faced increasing challenges over recent years.
“This new world-leading facility will support the industry to address the crucial goal of Maximising Economic Recovery and reducing fiscal uncertainty.
“Once complete, NEL will be operating the only facility to offer the full range of flow rates and high pressure capabilities.”
NEL parent company TÜV SÜD is investing £11.1 million, alongside a Scot-Govt. grant. The project marks the largest capital investment to date in the company’s UK business.
7 Sept 2017