GE Oil and Gas, Chevron and Los Alamos National Labs Awarded "R&D 100" Distinction for Innovation in Oil Well Measurement

The Safire flow meter, a collaborative project between GE, Chevron Energy Technology and Los Alamos National Laboratory to produce a non-invasive, cost-effective, multiphase flow meter, captures R&D Magazine's "R&D 100s".

Billerica, MA, USA - November 14, 2014-GE’s (NYSE: GE) Measurement & Control, a division of GE Oil & Gas, in partnership with Chevron Energy Technology and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), is honored to receive R&D Magazine’s 52nd annual R&D 100 Awards for it’s innovative Safire solution, a multi-phase flow meter that provides cost-effective, real-time and accurate estimates of oil and water production.

The R&D 100 Awards recognize excellence across a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, and awarded the Safire flow meter the distinction because of its transformational capabilities in how oil production is measured and optimized.

The measurement of production rates from wells is a challenging undertaking and as a result tests are conducted infrequently. This can leave operators with limited or potentially unreliable data to apply in their decision making on how to effectively stimulate well production.

The latest collaboration between GE Oil & Gas, Chevron and LANL addresses this growing need for improved measurement solutions. By building upon the experience and expertise of all partners, the Safire flow meter can provide a solution to this industry challenge and give operators the opportunity to improve oil-well measurement.

“We are extremely proud of the combined efforts of our partners in bringing this first-of-a-kind, cost-effective, multiphase flow meter to fruition,” said Christina Andersen, product line general manager for GE Oil & Gas. “This award from R&D further solidifies the powerful potential the Safire flow meter has for improving productivity and we are pleased to be a part of building this innovative solution for the industry.”

The Safire flow meter helps operators achieve continuous, accurate gauging of oil and water rates on new wells and existing wells. This improved data will help operators to make better decisions, which gives the operator the potential to extract oil from the ground faster, in a cost-effective and safe way.

"The interpersonal relationship and trust from our partnership, really goes a long way to building a successful product," said Manny Gonzalez, Chevron, worldwide alliance manager. "The Safire flow meter is a groundbreaking technology that ensures operators will no longer have to wait a month to get information on how each well is performing, they can now get that information every hour, every minute."

Taken out of the lab and tested in the field for faster commercial adoption, the Safire flow meter is built upon the Swept Frequency Acoustic Interferometry (SFAI) metering technology incubated in an alliance between Chevron and LANL.

"Working with partners of choice, like Chevron and GE, our laboratory has accomplished advancements in the field that will foster next-generation science and technology excellence," said Dr. Dipen Sinha, Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow. "These awards recognize the tremendous value of our National Labs, and our ongoing commitment to address our nation’s energy challenges through scientific and technological innovations."

The Safire Flow meter project is part of the Chevron GE Technology Alliance (between Chevron Energy Technology Company and GE Oil & Gas), which will focus on developing and commercializing valuable technologies to solve critical needs for the oil and gas industry.

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