A Safire in the Rough

Organization: Los Alamos National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy), Chevron ETC, GE Oil & Gas
Co-Developer(s): Shirley Ao, Principal Developer, GE Oil & Gas, Anirban Chaudhuri, Principal Developer, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mark Emanuele, Principal Developer, Chevron Energy Technology, Ted Furlong, Principal Developer, GE Oil & Gas, Manny Gonzalez, Principal
Year: 2014

2014 R&D 100 Winner A multi-phase flow meter, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Safire provides noninvasive, real-time and accurate estimates of oil production for every well. Jointly developed with Chevron ETC and GE Measurement & Control, Safire achieves measurement rates as high as 100 readings/sec, including computation time.

Safire is based on SFAI, swept frequency acoustic interferometry. SFAI uses frequency-chirp signal propagation (wideband ultrasonic frequency) through a multi-phase medium to extract frequency-dependent physical properties of said medium. Reservoir engineers then use the propagation time and the attenuation of the chirp signal as a function of frequency to extract both fluid flow and multi-phase fluid composition information.

Designed to be simple to use, Safire enables continuous measurements in fast-changing oil flows in rod-pumped wells, as well as other wells. Safire’s ability to provide accurate, real-time volumetric measurements of oil flow from wells means better reservoir management, accelerated production and huge cost savings by eliminating environmentally unsafe separations tank.

Technology Multi-phase flow meter

DevelopersLos Alamos National LaboratoryChevron ETCGE Measurement & Control

Development Team

         
Mark Emanuele, Chevron Energy Technology Manny Gonzalez, Chevron ETC Corey Lazaruk, Chevron Energy Technology Peter Espina, GE Oil & Gas Chaudhuri Anirban, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
Shirley Ao, GE Oil & Gas Ted Furlong, GE Oil & Gas Charles Webb, Chevron Corporation Dipen Sinha, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Safire Development TeamShirley Ao, Principal Developer, GE Oil & GasAnirban Chaudhuri, Principal Developer, Los Alamos National LaboratoryMark Emanuele, Principal Developer, Chevron Energy TechnologyPeter Espina, Principal Developer, GE Oil & GasTed Furlong, Principal Developer, GE Oil & GasManny Gonzalez, Principal Developer, Chevron ETCCorey Lazaruk, Principal Developer, Chevron Energy TechnologyDipen N. Sinha, Principal Developer, Los Alamos National LaboratoryCharles Webb, Principal Developer, Chevron Corporation