The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has invested more than £85,000 into three new technology development projects which have the potential to cut operational costs and improve efficiency in the oil and gas industry.
The projects will see three companies working with Scottish universities to develop innovative technology with direct applications to current industry challenges.
In the past 18 months, OGIC has provided more than £1 million of support for technology development to companies and universities. The three latest beneficiaries are:
Emergency pipe repair company Kibosh Ltd: it is working with Heriot-Watt University to develop prototypes of rapid repair and rapid freeze clamps for use in the oil and gas industry. The company owner and director holds the patents and other IP for the devices, which are currently used in the domestic market. Kibosh Ltd will work with the university to design prototypes suitable for use in the oil and gas sector.
In the second project, Strathclyde University is working with service company Cavitas to develop a downhole device which will produce heat, fluid or steam within the wellbore of injection wells and could be used as a bypass fluid heater. The technology is based on the rotation of a specially designed rotor within a housing.
The device would improve the economic feasibility of heavy oil and enhanced oil recovery. This is a particularly significant area in the North Sea, which has an estimated seven billion barrels of heavy oil which, at the moment, is not economically viable to produce. The University of Strathclyde will model fluid dynamics to allow Cavitas to further develop its design and build a prototype.
The third project will see scaffolding company, the Composite Scaffolding Company working with Strathclyde and Glasgow universities to develop a scaffold system for the oil and gas and construction industry using composite materials.
The project is aiming to reduce the weight of conventional metal scaffolds by up to 75% and mitigate injuries at the workplace. The scaffold will be made out of chemically inert, non-corrosive and non-conductive materials making it safer to use in high-risk environments.
Ian Phillips, Chief Executive, OGIC, said: “These three projects provide an excellent insight into the range of opportunities available to companies for developing innovative technology in oil and gas.
“Each of the projects has its own merits and presents an opportunity for the companies to develop near-to-market technology which, as well as having an impact on the UKCS, has the potential to be exported globally.”