New technology to recover more international oil reserves for less cost

New technology is being developed in Scotland as part of a multi-million pound international collaboration to enable safer and more efficient oil recovery from deeper water and harsher environments than ever before.

Limitations in current technologies often mean that conventional oil recovery processes leave around two-thirds of the oil in the reservoir, yet recent developments, including increased oil recovery (IOR) systems, could make the safe extraction of this additional oil both economically and technically feasible.

Global oil and gas solutions provider FMC Technologies is collaborating with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to deliver a pioneering five-year research and development partnership within the subsea oil and gas industry.

The collaboration will combine expertise in electronics, optoelectronics, electrical power and instrumentation at GCU with that of subsea engineering and optoelectronics within FMC to deliver a portfolio of research and development projects to identify new opportunities for safe and efficient oil recovery and to enhance reliability and integrity in the monitoring of subsea installations.

It will also produce innovative new products and technologies for subsea hydrocarbon production applications.

All aspects of the production process will be covered, including subsea equipment, subsea processing, equipment monitoring and oil recovery technologies and will identify and develop new technologies to be installed in new and existing equipment across the globe.

The venture will also involve staff exchange, student placements and research studentships.

To support its drive to innovate in this field, FMC Technologies has established a dedicated optoelectronics research and development group, based in Glasgow, to focus on developing a wide range of integrated sensing solutions, and the partnership with GCU will include a strategic research collaboration focused on future subsea optoelectronic systems. 

Source:  Glasgow Caledonian University

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