The OGIC plans to invest over £300,000 into a series of oil and gas projects

Published: 27 Mar 2018 By Matt Cook

The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has confirmed it will invest into a series of projects which have the capabilities to reduce overall operational costs as well as enhance the efficiency of the UK oil and gas sector.

The announced projects will include the involvement of three UK businesses alongside several Scottish-based universities. Each project will focus on developing creative and innovative technology that can tackle challenges facing the oil industry.

Blue Gentoo, a specialist business in intelligent gas hydrate management will lead the first project alongside the University of Aberdeen. The project will aim to create an Intelligent Hydrate Tool (IHT) which will be capable of automatically controlling MonoEthylene GLycol (MEG) injection through the measurement of hydrocarbon ranges. By calculating the MEG requirements and other injection parameters in real time means reduced human intervention in the overall process. The Hydrate tool will deliver effective injection strategies aimed specifically at hydrate prevention. Through the integration of artificial intelligence technology and other engineering strategies, the new system will focus on improving the process of oil recovery as well as reduce production risks and other related environmental advantages.


The second project will include a collaboration between the business Corrosion RADAR and Robert Gordon University. The project will focus on delivering innovative remote monitoring and analytics technology. The new facility has been created to measure corrosion in isolated conditions using a series of fixed sensors to identify potential issues within pipelines. Corrosion RADAR will also partner with the University of Strathclyde to assist its future research and development strategies. Corrosion Radar also aims to partner with another business to develop further trials and initial integration of the proposed technology. The new system has the potential to ensure operators can deliver more targeted and accurate inspections, reducing overall risks of additional costs and potential failures.

The third project will involve a partnership between Heriot-Watt University and Phoenix RDS to create a flow control device (CD) to develop a specific tool for injection. The project will focus on creating methods of enhancing the flow control devices so that the pressure drop during the injection process is met with little impact on the properties of the fluid. The collaboration will include a trial project using scaled versions of the tools to study the efficiency of the proposed design.

In 2017, OGIC confirmed it would invest over £1.5 million into at least twenty projects within the UK and overseas. The OGIC support the development of research and knowledge for the oil and gas industry at Scottish universities. They provide funding to support projects that can create technological solutions for the challenges faced within exploration, production and decommissioning.

Ian Phillips, The chief executive officer of the OGIC explains that the three new projects will deliver new insights into the various opportunities that are available to developers worldwide. Phillips believes that each project has the potential to improve a range of challenges within the industry and simultaneously improve safety and reduce overall operational costs. Phillips goes on to explains that there are numerous businesses with the knowledge and skills to create innovative technologies but may lack the funds to support their development. He believes it is essential that small technology-based businesses are supported and allowed to progress with innovative designs.
 

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