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Litre Meter wins Ichthys flow assurance contract

LNG Industry,

Litre Meter has shipped out one of the largest orders for chemical injection flowmeters to the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.

A shipment of 45 positive displacement flowmeters is heading to the Ichthys LNG field offshore Western Australia, via Litre Meter’s South Korean distributors, S-TEK.

Ichthys platform

The project will use three different sizes of meter: V125, HF40 and HF60. They are destined for a chemical injection skid constructed in South Korea for the Ichthys platform in the Browse Basin.

The HF60 flowmeter.

The V125 meter was designed to measure the discharge of monoethylene glycol (MEG) at the wellhead pump. It was constructed from Duplex with a PVD coated SS nitronic rotor with two-inch ANSI 2500 RTJ connection and pressure rated to 414 bar. The HF40 PD meter is also rated to 414 bar and shares the same connections. The HF60 flowmeter is pressure rated to 690 bar and 2 in. GR14 connections.

Flowmeter specifications

The VFF V125 rotary piston flowmeters are pressure rated from 40 bar to 1035 bar and constructed from 316 stainless steel. The meters are temperature rated between -40 and +150°C and can be used with fluids in a range of viscosities from 0.8 to 2000 centistokes or greater. The normal flow range of the V125 is 0-6000 litres/hr. The HF40 has a flow range of 0-2400 litres/hr and the HF60 has a flow range of 0-3600 litres/hr.


Commenting on the order, Litre Meter CEO Charles Wemyss, said: "The size and complexity of this project demonstrates Litre Meter's ability to customise its meters to suit a range of applications that require accurate yet robust solutions.

"Subsea repairs and the associated loss of production are high cost, so protecting deep-water well bores from hydrate formation, plugging and organic fouling is a major flow assurance concern in offshore operations.

Offshore experience

"Hydrate prevention strategies provide protection during normal operation, start-up and shutdown. Litre Meter's VFF flowmeter is ideally suited for use in the oil and gas industry and in particular for low flow/high pressure applications.

"Years of experience in chemical injection applications onshore and offshore have confirmed the instrument's capability to reliably measure fluids under extreme conditions of both temperature and pressure."

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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