What is Water Cut Meter?

A water cut meter measures the water content (cut) of crude oil and hydrocarbons as they flow through a pipeline.

Water cut meters are typically used in the petroleum industry to measure the water cut of oil flowing from a well, produced oil from a separator, and crude oil transfer in pipelines and in loading tankers.

Water Cut Meter

Water Cut Meter
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There are several technologies used. The main technologies are dielectric measurements using radio or microwave frequency and NIR measurements and less common are gamma ray-based instruments.

The water cut is the ratio of water produced compared to the volume of total liquids produced from an oil well. The water cut in water drive reservoirs can reach very high values.

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