We are working with industry to develop and deploy innovative technology, advance thinking in the industry and progress new ways of working.
Scroll or click the links below to find out about some of the technology projects and studies that we have completed.
Repair order management
Eserve worked with the Technology Centre to develop a new approach to offshore surveys that can reduce costs by up to 80%, when compared with traditional methods. Following the project, Eserve secured more than £1 million of new contracts and expanded the team from 3 to 12 employees.
Non-intrusive inspection survey
We conducted an industry survey with ABB that found adopting non-intrusive inspection (NII) technology for pressure vessels could deliver increased production and lower maintenance costs worth up to £242 million per year to the UKCS.
Eddyfi Silverwing, MISTRAS, Sonomatic
Non-intrusive inspection trials
The results of three non-intrusive inspection (NII) trials, organised by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre and Total E&P UK, demonstrated that the technology can deliver significant cost, safety and efficiency benefits compared with traditional intrusive methods.
ArticuLockTM Phase 1
We worked with Deepwater Oil Tools to develop, test and certify, ArticuLock, a special articulated joint within the drillpipe running string used when deploying subsea equipment through the drilling rig during well construction. The technology will enable drilling operations to run equipment even in rough weather conditions, resulting in a reduction in waiting on weather time (WOW), a multi-million pound issue annually to the drilling industry. Independent studies have demonstrated that ArticuLock could increase the operating weather window by 30-35%, having a significant impact on reducing WOW time.
Tubing compaction project screening
We supported Oilfield Innovations to trial the company's technology, which could become an enabler for rigless well plugging and abandonment. The trial took place in an onshore yard and simulated a well environment. The technology aims to remove approximately 100ft of completion tubing from above the production packer to allow access to the production casing for logging and barrier placement, without the need to bring in a rig to remove the entire completion string. The trial was a success and the necessary data was gathered to move the technology development to the next stage, as planned.
Robert Gordon University
Robert Gordon University, in collaboration with funding partners the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, KCA Deutag and Drilling Systems, with technical support from Baker Hughes, a GE Company, established the simulator to focus on well-plugging and abandonment. The simulator and the associated software is a world-first and will be used to support decommissioning activities in the UK and other parts of the world.
The Drilling Simulator was installed to provide onshore rig simulation facilities for research and commercial use for decommissioning activities. This is now enabling crew training prior to offshore execution, software development and new tool deployment simulation, increasing offshore operational efficiency, as well as accelerating new tool and software development.
PulseEight trial - OMV
We supported Tendeka to conduct a successful onshore field trial of the PulseEight technology in an OMV gas storage in Austria that proved the capability to communicate data from downhole to surface and remotely function tools. PulseEight is a wireless intelligent completion technology that provides operators with options to extend the life of their existing assets, and to develop new fields more effectively, reducing the need for intrusive well intervention work.
PulseEight uses a unique pressure pulse telemetry suitable for multi-phase fluid environments that allows wireless communication between downhole and the wellhead. Eliminating control lines makes the technology an easy to install and cost-effective solution.
Ocean Power Technologies
PB3 PowerBuoy feasibility study
We co-funded a successful project with Ocean Power Technologies and Premier Oil to study the feasibility of using the PB3 PowerBuoy for decommissioning operations in the North Sea. The project determined the viability of using the PB3 for monitoring and guarding remaining wells and subsea equipment after removal of a floating production, storage and offloading vessel and prior to subsea decommissioning and/or well plugging & abandonment operations.
Robert Gordon University and Crimson & Co
Marine logistics feasibility study
We have been coordinating a series of efforts looking into current inefficiencies in marine logistics. The study has assessed historical marine traffic movements, quantified non-productive time along with number and length of vessel trips. The Department of Mathematics at Robert Gordon University have carried out optimisation modelling work, using data provided by operators in the study area, to demonstrate the size and nature of potential savings through more optimal routes and vessel sharing options. In parallel, Crimson & Co have carried out a short compare and contrast study into logistics models used by other industries to illuminate key success factors for optimisation through collaboration