Emerson Process Management has won a contract from Iraq’s South Oil Company to provide crude oil metering systems and related technologies for the new Al-Basra oil terminal, now under construction in the Persian Gulf.

The new terminal will enhance Iraq’s oil export capacity by 2.7 million barrels per day.

Emerson’s Daniel metering systems will measure the amount of oil as custody is transferred from producers to shippers through the Al-Basra terminal, according to the company.

The systems combine ultrasonic measurement technology with diagnostic software that can detect potential problems before they affect accuracy.

The engineering work is continuing, with the project expected to be completed in 2013.

Emerson Process Management president Steve Sonnenberg said that these metering systems will, in effect, serve as a ‘cash register’ that provides an accurate accounting of the oil that changes hands through the Al-Basra oil terminal.