Large quantities of liquids and gases such as oil, natural gas, water, hydrogen and emissions are produced, transported and distributed across the world every day. Gas and liquid meters (or flow meters) are needed for billing purposes.
We often measure both quantity and quality (calorific value, or the amount of pollutants). A measurement error of just 0.1% can cost large oil and gas pipelines millions of euros every year. As such, reliable measurements that are traceable to international standards are crucial for owners and operators. Other industries that attach great importance to calibrations of liquid and gas measurements are the process and chemical industries as well as power stations.
VSL and flow
Based on our extensive knowledge and experience, VSL has an excellent international reputation in the oil and gas sectors. We provide various flow and liquid volume measurement services for a wide range of parties around the world, including measurement equipment suppliers, utility companies, oil and gas producers, and gas transport and distribution companies.
At European level, we are working on several research projects, including with regard to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Our experts also participate in international working groups, including the BIPM Working Group on Fluid Flow and EURAMET TC-Flow for harmonisation across Europe countries.
VSL realises the Dutch measurement standards for flow based on the quantities mass, length, density and time. In our liquid and gas laboratory, we regularly compare the standards with those of other national metrology institutes. This ensures international recognition. We determine liquid mass and density for liquid volume measures, which are traceable to national mass and density standards.