Flow Measurement & Control


Safe operation of CNG stations

October 2020 Flow Measurement & Control

SICK Automation’s Flowsic500 gas meter, used in State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic’s (SOCAR) transfer and measurement stations, has proven to meet stringent compressed natural gas (CNG) production protocols.

To produce, transport and store CNG, natural gas needs to be compressed to very high pressures. Due to this, high demands are often placed in terms of the purity of the natural gas and the safety and quality of all technical systems in relation to CNG.

Delivering the required safety and reliability for continuous and blockage-free gas supply, the Flowsic500 surpasses most conventional rotary turbine meters, offering the ideal solution for SOCAR’s transfer and measurement stations.

The Flowsic500 compact ultrasonic gas meter enables extremely accurate natural gas distribution measurement. Thanks to its lack of moving parts, it is rugged, reliable and maintenance-free, allowing a significant reduction in operating costs. It is overload proof, accurate and is monitored by an intelligent diagnostics system. Recalibration is easy as it is simply a matter of exchanging the cartridge. The meter can easily be integrated into existing measuring stations and it operates either in a self-sufficient energy configuration, or in failsafe network operation with battery backup. It complies with all pertinent standards and directives.

Other factors in favour of the new instrument include robustness, low maintenance requirements and compact space requirements, as no inflow or outflow zones are required. Lastly, DN80 devices are used, which deliver reliable and safe measurements even under dynamic flow conditions.

CNG in the global market

Among municipal and public service providers around the world, CNG is growing in popularity. Recognised as a commercially viable and more eco-friendly solution, CNG lowers costs, reduces emissions, and decreases noise pollution by up to 30%.

Particularly in countries and regions where expansion of renewable energies and storage technologies is not as economically viable, CNG use in communal sectors is a fast and inexpensive solution for reducing emissions.

In cooperation with local energy providers from around the world, SICK has successfully implemented several CNG projects in recent years.


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