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OGIC Annual Review 2017

The OGIC Annual Review for 2017 was published today. 

2017 was OGICs third full year of operation, and the organisation saw increased demand from companies across the supply chain seeking to develop innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the UK oil and gas industry.  

During 2017, OGIC approved 26 projects, almost as many as were approved across the preceding two years combined (total to date is 54). 

OGICs role is to match innovators with the R&D capabilities in Scotland's universities, and offer part-funding for the academic element of the project.  It also undertakes multi-partner projects, with companies, universities, fellow Innovation Centres and other UK funding bodies.  

“This project was rewarding for the team. We worked on a project which may well define emerging power supplies in oil and gas.
Nick Bennett, Assistant Professor, Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

To read about the work of OGIC, download the report online in Flip Book format here

Since 2015, Heriot Watt has contracted with OGIC to carry out 18 projects. They illustrate the range of expertise available at Heriot-Watt in energy, engineering and materials research. They include:

Exnics and Dr Nick Bennett: Exnics identified the need to develop a Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) to support its Hot Rings system which harnesses the heat from subsea pipelines and converts it into DC electrical power.  The development of a bespoke TEG integrated with the Hot Rings system offers the potential to power subsea hardware independent of topside facilities. The research undertaken by Heriot-Watt University focused on establishing the optimum geometry for the TEG module, with the required plan profile, with the overall aim of maximising electrical power output.  

Aubin and Mike Singleton (Institute for Petroleum Engineering - FASTrac) making use of 25 years of core research at Heriot-Watt into oil well P&A .

Various Parties and Prof Ken Sorbie, Prof Eric Mackay, Mike Singleton, (Flow Assurance and Scale Team, Institute of Petroleum Engineering). Scale deposits, such as calcium carbonate, barium sulphate and more exotic scales such as sulphides and silicates, cause production difficulties by growing on metal surfaces (such as well bores) and in porous media (such as reservoir rocks), causing restrictions to fluid flow. Heriot-Watt working with OGIC’s support developed the SQUEEZE code as a means of improving economic scale management in the North Sea and beyond and to enable informed decisions on treatment design to be made.

More information: contact energy@hw.ac.uk

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