Able wins flowmeter project for Gorgon gas field

Able Instruments & Controls, a UK supplier of instrumentation and control solutions for the process industries, has announced the award of a multimillion dollar contract order to supply flowmeters to the natural gas processing facility within the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project in Australia, one of the world’s largest natural gas projects.

Able is the exclusive UK & Ireland channel partner for McCrometer flow meters. The McCrometer V-Cone Flow Element, an advanced differential pressure instrument, requires a maximum of 3 diameters upstream and 1 diameter downstream, avoiding the long runs of straight pipe required by other technologies such as orifice plate, venturi and vortex meters.

The McCrometer V-Cone Flow Elements, in sizes from 1″ to 56″, will be used for various applications, including acid gas removal unit trains, dehydration unit trains, mercury removal unit trains, liquefaction unit trains, refrigeration trains, carbon dioxide injection unit trains, heating medium system trains, diesel storage and distribution, and fire and gas protection. Part of the reason the V-Cone was chosen is that it suits rugged conditions, where accuracy, high reliability and long life, low pressure drop, low maintenance and cost are important.

The Gorgon Project is the largest single resource natural gas project in Australia’s history. The project will develop the Greater Gorgon Area gas fields, located 130km off the north-west coast of Western Australia. It includes the construction of a 15 million tonne per annum (MTPA) Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules per day equivalent gas to Western Australia.

The Gorgon Project is operated by an Australian subsidiary of Chevron and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (approximately 47 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent) and Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (one percent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 percent).

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