ProLabNL services

Advanced testing facility for process equipment & instrumentation

ProLabNL offers full range of test facilities, including the most advanced multiphase flow loop worldwide, simulating realistic oil and gas field conditions from small to full scale under low or high pressure conditions. World leading oil and gas companies and equipment suppliers are using ProLabNL extensively for high profile process equipment development and technology qualification programs for upstream oil and gas and process industrial applications.

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ProLabNL provides a full range of test facilities for oil and gas process equipment and instrumentation; from low pressure to high pressure test loops using model fluids and actual live hydrocarbons to simulate realistic oil and gas field conditions. The low pressure test loops offer visual observation possibilities with tests from small to full scale at LP (Low Pressure) conditions using model fluids, whereas the multiphase high pressure test loop offers 100% realistic HP (High Pressure) tests, at actual scale, using actual crude and HP natural gas.

ProLabNL has proven its expertise in a number of high profile process equipment development and qualification for oil and gas industries projects in the past decade. ProlabNL is not involved in equipment design and supply but focuses on testing services for third parties only.

Our flowloops can be used for technology qualification of process equipment and instruments such as multiphase and wet gas flowmeters, separation equipment, cooling equipment, etc. for the oil and gas industries.

Technological qualifications

Technology qualification is critical to oil & gas process equipment, with the following factors play an important role:

  - The need for unconventional process solutions has strongly increased.
  - New equipment needs to be thoroughly tested and characterized before it can be operated under oil and gas field conditions.
  - Major operators do not want to take risks with untested process equipment. Mitigating the risks through proper technology qualification is critical.

Technology qualification process takes place in four (4) phases:

Phase 1:
  - Analytical design work
  - CFD modeling
  - Optimization of design

Phase 2:
  - Small scale testing with model fluids at atmospheric or low pressure
  - Visual observation of tests (wherever possible / feasible) to correlate with CFD modeling results

Phase 3:
  - Large scale testing with model fluids at atmospheric or low pressure
  - Visual observation of tests (wherever possible / feasible) to correlate with CFD modeling results

Phase 4:
  - Large scale testing with live fluids at high pressure simulating realistic field conditions
The requirements for a successful qualification project are:
  - Test conditions need to be as realistic as possible (both equipment scale and fluid properties)
  - In order to identify and quantify physical phenomena that play a critical role, it is also necessary to carry out visual tests and simulations (e.g. CFD)
  - Relevant experience / expertise to interpret results is critical
These requirements are all covered by the expertise of our engineers and the characteristics of our flowloops, and enable us to provide reliable and fast technology qualification in all the required phases of a project. In addition, ProlabNL can offer the following additional value to qualification projects:

  - Tests with automated data acquisition and control systems
  - Visual observation of tests (only in Low Pressure flowloops) to correlate with CFD modeling results
  - Correlate test results with CFD simulation results
  - Fluid characterization analytical laboratory on site
  - Droplets size distribution analysis expertise with high speed cameras and laser diffraction measurements.
  - Ability to customize flow loops (whenever feasible) to meet client's test requirements
  - Extensive experience with model fluids and live hydrocarbons (natural gas and crude oils)
  - Option for client to remotely observe the tests in real time
  - Option for testing on-site using pilot units (Desanding HC skid, Deoiling HC skid, Test Separator, DUSEC Coalescer Skid)
ProlabNL has flow loops available to perform testing of oil and gas equipment for third parties as follows:
  - Multiphase flow meter testing 
  - Testing with mixtures of sand oil, water and air (sand settling, erosion, fluidisation, slurry transport etc)
  - Evaluation of flow regimes, slugging behavior in flowlines
  - Droplet size measurement in oil/water flows, gas/liquid flows etc
  - 2 phase gas-liquid separation  (both conventional and compact process equipment)
  - 3 phase oil-water-gas separation  (conventional and compact equipment)
  - Produced water treatment equipment
  - Other tests, subject to technical evaluation and feasibility of testing


ProLabNL BV 
Leemansweg 13
6827 BX Arnhem
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)26 376 0000 (general)
Fax: +31 (0) 26 376 0001
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