Baker Hughes Partners TREXM on Crude Oil Metering


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Baker Hughes, a GE company, in partnership with a local firm, TREXM Oil and Gas Services, has unveiled the latest innovative metering solution in the Nigerian market to help players in the oil and gas sector cut costs, reduce risk, and increase their operating efficiency.

The new cutting-edge solution new Sentinel LCT8, was unveiled in Lagos at a technology seminar on custody transfer metering in Nigeria, hosted by the US Consulate’s Commercial Desk in conjunction with BHGE and TREXM Oil & Gas Services.

Speaking at the event, the Commercial Counsellor, US Mission to Nigeria,
Brent Omdahl, said the seminar was designed as a platform for interaction between oil and gas operators and regulatory bodies, as well as to introduce the latest trends in liquid custody transfer metering in the Nigerian market.

He disclosed that BHGE, working in conjunction with TREXM, has satisfied all the custody transfer metering requirements as set by the main regulatory body in the Nigerian oil industry, culminating in the acquisition of an official approval for ultrasonic flow metering to be used for the said purpose.

Also speaking at the seminar, the Chief Executive Officer, Sub Saharan Africa, Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), Mr. Ado Oseragbaje said the launch of the product was a continuation of the company’s efforts to aid the growth of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, stressing that the new Sentinel LCT8 will help tackle some of the challenges currently being experienced by operators, including high cost of maintenance of pipelines.

Oseragbaje commended US Embassy Commercial Desk for partnering with BHGE to organise the conference which provides an opportunity for oil and gas operators and regulatory bodies in the sector to interface.
In his remark, the Chief Executive Officer of TREXM Nigeria, Bolu Bolutife Odusanya argued that in pipeline flow metering applications, miscalculations or false alarms cost money.

“The right technology, like the Sentinel LCT8 can reduce the uncertainty inherent in flow measurement. It gives pipeline operators confidence in their process measurement and the insight they need to avoid problems when revenue, the environment, or reputations are at stake,” Odusanya said.

The Sentinel LCT8, the latest addition to the high-accuracy line of ultrasonic flow meters from BHGE, delivers custody transfer-level measurement, even in the unstable conditions typical of pipelines. With eight measurement paths, it gives operators better visibility into activities in their pipelines, helping them make informed decisions and minimize risks.

Unlike older mechanical technologies like the turbine and positive displacement that are subject to wear and Coriolis meters that have pipe size limitations, ultrasonic advantages include no drifting or required periodic calibration, no pressure drop, no restriction in the pipe, no moving parts and no filters or strainers to wear out.