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Pertamina launches software to measure oil, gas flow in pipelines

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 22, 2019   /   08:22 am
Pertamina launches software to measure oil, gas flow in pipelines A worker checks a gas pipeline at Onshore Receiving Facilities (ORF) owned by state-owned company PT Pertamina Gas in Porong, Sidoarjo, East Java. (Antara/ Zabur Karuru)

State-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina has launched software called PertafloSIM, which is designed to measure the flow of oil and gas through its pipelines from wells to the point of sale.

The software is an innovation by Pertamina’s engineers and technicians in cooperation with Research Consortium OPPINET of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

Pertamina planning, investment and risk management director Heru Setiawan said the device would improve efficiency in the upstream business because the price of the software was cheaper than the commercial software that was usually rented by Pertamina.

“Currently, Pertamina is developing pipeline networks across a wide range of oil and gas blocks. The software will significantly support efficiency in the upstream sector,” Heru said in a statement received recently.

He said the performance of the software had been validated with data from the field. He added that the software offered solutions to various problems during operations.

“The software has had a trial application at Tambun field, which has a complex network – dry gas, black oil and multiphase compositional models,” Heru said, adding that Pertamina and the ITB had cooperated to develop a device to measure the flow of oil and gas along the pipeline for the past 18 years.

PertafloSIM has also been demonstrated to the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKK Migas) and upstream director of Pertamina, which are potential users of the software, Heru said. (bbn)