Workshop with Equinor

Written on august 25 2023

Earlier this year Nicoustic was given an opportunity to attend a workshop on level measurement in process vessels. The workshop was hosted by Equinor in their business center in Stavanger. The topic was Redefining Level Measurement. Discussions focused on how level measurement in vessels is performed in different companies today, the upsides and downsides of different practices and how this measurement can be improved.

Representatives from different operator companies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf – Equinor, ConocoPhillips Norway, Aker BP and Vår Energi – attended the workshop and contributed with their knowledge and experience in the field. The discussion was open, and the conclusion was that there should be more cooperation between operator companies in promoting the development of technologies for level measurement. There is a clear need to improve the way we measure level in order to maximize facility utilization and decrease emissions.

Equinor presented the results of the R&D project within Guided Ultrasonic Waves (GUW) initiated by the research center in Rotvoll with Fraunhofer IKTS as research partner. This project has laid foundation to spinning off Nicoustic. If successfully commercialized, the Nicoustic technology can become a game-changer for vessel level measurement due to its non-intrusive nature. The fact that the sensors are mounted on the outside of the vessels lowers the risk and cost of an installation considerably and enables simple retrofitting of level measurement sensors for vessels in operation.

Equinor is preparing to pilot basic features of Nicoustic technology on one of its offshore installations. There is also an ongoing effort to launch a Joint Industry Project (JIP) with several operators that will focus on finalizing the development work required for launch of more advanced non-intrusive level measurement features. This JIP will bring various aspects of the Nicoustic technology, such as ability to act as a non-intrusive separator profiler, to a stage where they can be piloted. For enquires about the coming JIP, please contact Dmitri Gorski ( or +47 418 47 928).

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