Projects

Live Projects

We've co-invested more than £50 million with industry in a wide range of technology projects to unlock the full potential of the UK North Sea. Take a look at some of our current projects that we're working on.

  • Ecosse IP - Ambient Lifter

    Ecosse IP - Ambient Lifter

    Project

    Ecosse IP - Ambient Lifter

    Technology Organisation

    Ecosse IP

    Ecosse IP Limited is a subsea technology developer and offshore engineering consultancy specialising in Oil and Gas, Offshore Wind, Wave and Tidal industries.

    https://www.ecosse-ip.com/

    Project summary

    Technology developer Ecosse-IP are working to develop and field trial Ambient Lifter, an innovative subsea lifting device.

    The Ambient Lifter system can be used to lift, lower or manouevre any subsea object by controlling buoyancy and ballast in low pressure pipes. This new way of lifting subsea assets provides a faster and more cost effective solution, bringing new confidence to subsea lifting challenges.

    The use of this technology will help drive significant cost savings for both subsea installation and decommissioning applications.

    The first field trial took place at Cullen Harbour at the end of September 2018, with a further trial in March 2019.

    Challenge

    Decommissioning

    Vision

    Transform Tomorrow

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Completed

    Technology

    Ambient Lifter

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    Value to the UKCS is around £35million annually.

  • 3-SCI Ltd - Accelerated Corrosion

    3-SCI Ltd - Accelerated Corrosion

    Project

    3-SCI Ltd - Accelerated Corrosion

    Technology Organisation

    3-SCI Ltd

    3-Sci Ltd is run by a team of technical specialists who have experienced in research, product and business development in the engineering, physical and materials sciences. They offer various products in the industrial asset monitoring sector, including our Wi-Corr, wireless remote corrosion monitoring system.

    http://www.3-sci.com

    Project summary

    A 'Phase 1' study has been successfully conducted to examine the potential application of accelerated corrosion to subsea steel, to provide an additional option for disposing or cutting of steel structures during or after decommissioning.

    The study has concluded that, in principle, accelerated corrosion may provide some significant benefits in reducing costs and environmental impacts, compared to existing practices.

    The wider environmental issues of the proposed approach need to be examined, alongside activity to demonstrate that the technical performance observed so far in workshop studies will be realised on much larger structures. The likely financial costs of introducing the technique need also to be compared to the costs of existing or other emerging techniques.

    Accordingly, a 'Phase 2' programme of work is proceeding, involving key stakeholders and specialist engineering providers, to address these issues, which should support subsequent execution of trials at sea.

    Challenge

    Decommissioning

    Vision

    Transform Tomorrow

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Accelerated Corrosion

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    5

    Potential Industry Value

    This specific project could save around £200M for a 63,000 tonne specific subsea infrastructure, which includes structures under OSPAR as well as pipelines.

  • Air Control Entech - Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development

    Air Control Entech - Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development

    Project

    Air Control Entech - Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development

    Technology Organisation

    Air Control Entech Limited

    We are Air Control Entech, an innovative UAV inspection company committed to developing new technologies with the sole aim of making offshore inspection in the Oil & Gas industry smarter, faster and safer. We bring together the best of UAV and inspection technologies across various industries to engineer perfectly optimised inspection UAV's for the the challenging and remote conditions found offshore.

    https://aircontrolentech.com/

    Project summary

    Air Control Entech (ACE) is focused on delivering a step change in the remote inspection of oil and gas facilities, by developing the capability and functionality of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - specifically drone technology. These advanced drones improve on traditional rope access inspection methods, increasing the speed of inspections by up to 20 times and reducing cost by ~50%. Importantly, this also improves safety by removing the need for offshore personnel to physically inspect. The project has delivered three new UAVs - confined space entry, ultrasonic testing and 3D laser scanning - all fitted with live video streaming capability and enhanced flight control systems.

    ACE has already secured early-stage technology trials with a number of major operators, that will see this new technology deployed on North Sea facilities. These trials will provide valuable feedback that will be used to further refine functionality and capability.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Transform Tomorrow

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    UAV Systems

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    In the UKCS, it is estimated that £300M is spent on visual inspection annually with a large portion associated with scaffolding and rope access activities. UAV inspection has the potential to reduce that cost by up to 25% saving the industry £75M per annum, alongside broader safety improvements.

  • SMS Oilfield - Acoustic Sand Monitoring

    SMS Oilfield - Acoustic Sand Monitoring

    Project

    SMS Oilfield - Acoustic Sand Monitoring

    Technology Organisation

    SMS Oilfield

    SMS provide sensory data analysis and visualisation for the global oil & gas community.

    https://www.smsoilfield.com/

    Project summary

    SMS Oilfield is working in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde to develop an acoustic Sand Monitoring System (SMS) that will detect sand ingress and help minimise production downtime. With around 60% of current production coming from sand-prone wells, the aim of this project is to develop an innovative 'best in class' sand monitoring system to monitor production rates and increase production efficiencies. The sand monitoring system will isolate the acoustic noise associated with sand particles from background noise through the use of a multiple sensor array. By eliminating background noise, the real time data retrieved from the system will be used to determine the volume, shape, size and velocity of sand being produced.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Acoustic Sand Monitoring

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    This project has the potential to optimise production rates by 10% which would result in additional revenue of £69M per year.

  • Health & Safety Laboratory - Integrity of Corroded Bolted Flanged Joints on Offshore Installations

    Health & Safety Laboratory - Integrity of Corroded Bolted Flanged Joints on Offshore Installations

    Project

    Health & Safety Laboratory - Integrity of Corroded Bolted Flanged Joints on Offshore Installations

    Technology Organisation

    Health & Safety Laboratory

    The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) primary purpose is "the prevention of death, injury and ill-health to those at work and those affected by work activities". As Great Britain's independent regulator, we support businesses with free guidance and advice, but also offer paid-for services such as training, consultancy and bespoke research to those who want to be exemplars in health and safety.

    https://www.hsl.gov.uk/

    Project summary

    This shared research partnership project with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) aims to improve the industry's understanding of corroded flanged joints which have the potential to result in hydrocarbon leaks. Flange joint failures are one of the most frequent causes of failure, with many now in an 'unknown' condition. At present there is a lack of evidence-based guidance on corrosion allowances for these joints or the discard criteria for studs, bolts and nut assemblies. This gap in understanding has resulted in many companies creating their own internal guidance, creating a variance in methods and best practice. This project aims to address this industry issue, minimise failure and improve overall safety and efficiency. By doing so, it has the potential to reduce failures by 10-20%, alongside improvements in early detection and management. This project has the support of 12 Operators.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    8

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Integrity of Corroded Bolted Flanged Joints on Offshore Installations

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    For the first three quarters of 2017 there were 80 notifiable hydrocarbon leaks in the UKCS resulting in either full or partial production shutdown. This project will go some way to eliminating these failures and will contribute to the MER UK initiative of increasing production efficiency.
    Given that one failure had a cost impact of £23 million a conservative estimate of the value impact of this project has been calculated to be in the region of £20 - £100m per annum, based on a potential 10 to 20% reduction in failures by earlier detection and better management.

  • Global Design Innovation - Integrity management digital twin

    Global Design Innovation - Integrity management digital twin

    Project

    Global Design Innovation - Integrity management digital twin

    Technology Organisation

    Global Design Innovation Limited

    GDi provides fit for purpose repair orders, engineering support and design solutions across the energy sector. GDI deliver tailored engineering solutions and provide clients a cost effective means of safely and efficiently maintaining assets by utilising latest technology to streamline workflows and increase uptime.

    https://www.globaldi.co.uk/

    Project summary

    Global Design Innovation (GDi) has two projects which have the potential to transform asset integrity management.

    The first project will use cutting edge laser technology to develop a 3D, 360° digital twin model of the asset that will provide a single source of all asset integrity information. It will provide real time updates and allow engineers to enter, view, manipulate and manage all asset integrity information without the need to generate reports.

    The second phase of the project will develop a revolutionary hand-held laser scanner that will deliver fast, accurate inspection data, automatically detecting and categorising defects - generating virtual inspection reports.

    The use of the digital twin modelling - in combination with a new visual inspection tool - will revolutionise asset integrity and has the potential to save the oil and gas industry £250 million per year.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Integrity management digital twin

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    GDi Digital Twin will allow the effective management of inspection, repair and maintenance work by providing the ability to visualise the overall health of an asset for critical decision making to maintain the assets safely and efficiently ensuring optimum value. It has the potential to save an operator up to £1million per asset, per year, that equates to a total saving of £250million per year for the UKCS.

  • Corrosion Radar - Corrosion Sensor development for detection of CUI

    Corrosion Radar - Corrosion Sensor development for detection of CUI

    Project

    Corrosion Radar - Corrosion Sensor development for detection of CUI

    Technology Organisation

    Corrosion Radar

    CorrosionRADAR designs and supplies the worlds longest range Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) monitoring technology for pipelines, refineries and more. The patented system enables the move away from manual inspections to automated monitoring, and from reactive to predictive corrosion management. Earlier detection aides with corrosion prevention, lowering costs and risk.

    https://www.corrosionradar.com/

    Project summary

    Corrosion Radar have developed a remote sensing technology which acts as a screening method for the onset of Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) and/or for locating CUI prone zones. The key technical innovation behind the system dubbed 'CorrosionRADAR' is a long-thin-flexible sensor that acts as a corrosion coupon to the corrosive environment near it. Specially coded electromagnetic signals are sent through the sensor and the reflected signals are interpreted using proprietary algorithms to locate corrosion. The sensor is permanently installed alongside a pipe or any other complex structure. The aim of the project is to conduct two validation trials at an onshore site(s) to prove that this technology can form part of the overall solution to managing CUI.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Corrosion Sensor development for detection of CUI

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    CUI poses a significant operational, safety and economic challenge. Since 1984, out of the 137 major oil and gas accidents reported within the EU over 20% have been associated with CUI.
    It is currently estimated that CUI incurs 40 - 60% of the process plant maintenance costs within the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and the value impact to the industry for better inspection techniques would be in the region of £130mllion per annum to the UKCS.

  • Sonomatic - 3D Visualisation

    Sonomatic - 3D Visualisation

    Project

    Sonomatic - 3D Visualisation

    Technology Organisation

    Sonomatic Ltd

    Sonomatic is a worldwide organisation whose expertise in ultrasonic inspection design, development and application, dates back more than 30 years to our roots in the nuclear sector. Today the company has widened its focus and provides proven yet pioneering services to customers in defence and power generation, but our largest client base is in the challenging oil and gas industry, both upstream and downstream.

    http://www.sonomatic.com

    Project summary

    The OGTC is collaborating with Sonomatic to develop a 3D visualisation system for plant, models and facilities that could potentially transform the way integrity management is performed and reported. The software system links different inspection and assessment data, eliminating the need for manual manipulation of static, stand-alone drawings and diagrams. Alongside significant efficiency savings, it will provide a much higher confidence in the integrity of data, reducing the risk profile of an asset. This has the potential to reduce future inspections costs by 10%, for a typical asset.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    Completed

    Technology

    3D Visualisation

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    The ability to visualise the physical location of equipment will allow more accurate risk-based assessments to be made. More accuracy and higher confidence in the assessments will allow budgets to be optimised and realistically reduce future inspections by 10%. For an asset with a typical annual inspection budget of £1million, this equates to a £100k saving per year.

  • Apollo Offshore Engineering Limited - Pipeline Assurance Simulation Solution

    Apollo Offshore Engineering Limited - Pipeline Assurance Simulation Solution

    Project

    Apollo Offshore Engineering Limited - Pipeline Assurance Simulation Solution

    Technology Organisation

    Apollo Offshore Engineering

    Apollo is a technically-led engineering company. Its core values of Safe Attitude Future Enjoyment underpin the company culture and how we approach, engage and deliver for our clients as well as interact with each other. Apollo empowers its engineers to deliver for our clients, with appropriate reporting and controls, ensuring maximum engineering value to be created.

    http://www.apollo-oe.com/index.php

    Project summary

    Maintaining the safety and operational efficiency of subsea pipelines is critical to the offshore industry.

    Current risk based inspection (RB) methods for accurately predicting the condition of the pipelines are based on an initial as-built state and physical/chemical models. While these methods are cost-effective, they do not provide accurate pipeline condition data, which means significant resource is spent on inspection methods.

    Historically, flow assurance software could not be used to drive or underpin inspection campaigns (capability and cost), which is why Apollo has developed a Pipeline Assurance Simulation Solution (PASS) to address this.

    PASS is a new modelling tool that can accurately predict the integrity of a pipeline, providing the opportunity to refine when physical inspection campaigns are actually required.

    If applied to just 10% of North Sea pipelines, this could save the industry up to £25million per year.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Pipeline Assurance Simulation Solution

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    Inspection for internal corrosion of subsea pipelines is typically carried ot by inline inspection (ILI) or external non destructive testing (NDT). The UK industry currently spends approx. £0.5M per pipeline on inspection per annum on average. In the wider context of the UKCS there are approx 500 pipelines of primary interest if the application of PASS can be used to defer ILI for just 10% of the pipelines the industry would save up to £25M per year.

  • University of Aberdeen - Subsea Laser Cutting Tool

    University of Aberdeen - Subsea Laser Cutting Tool

    Project

    University of Aberdeen - Subsea Laser Cutting Tool

    Technology Organisation

    University of Aberdeen

    55th out of 750 world universities (top university in Scotland) for research performance (based on the proportion of research appearing in the top 10% of international journals) - CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015.

    http://www.abdn.ac.uk/

    Project summary

    This project aims to develop an automated laser cutting platform with efficient power, electric manipulation, feed-back control and monitoring systems.

    Building on initial research conducted through the University of Aberdeen in 2008-2014, the project aims to develop a high power laser cutting system specifically for decommissioning applications in the offshore oil and gas environment. Once proven, the system will reduce operational time and improve decomissioning efficiency.

    Proserv are a key partner in the project, providing deployment engineering expertise and a commercial route to market for this technology.

    The aim of the project is for the University of Aberdeen and Proserv to take this technology from TRL4 to TRL 5 during this phase of the project.

    Challenge

    Decommissioning

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Subsea Laser Cutting Tool

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    5

    Potential Industry Value

    Based on 5000+ subsea wells, if 20% applied this new technique it would unlock around £10million savings.

  • Unasys Limited - Software portal for the supply chain

    Unasys Limited - Software portal for the supply chain

    Project

    Unasys Limited - Software portal for the supply chain

    Technology Organisation

    Unasys Limited

    nasys are specialists in managing the complexities associated with project close-out and start-up, whereby they provide 'best practice' solutions and have supported their clients worldwide with the skills they need to ensure projects eliminate delays, reduce costs and deliver results.

    https://www.unasys.com/

    Project summary

    This project will develop a digital 3D representation of an offshore asset, all associated infrastructure and the seabed bathymetry.

    The software will define and host inventories, show age status and flag potential risks. The system will generate scopes of work to assist in the planning process for late life asset management and decommissioning.

    The outcome of the project will be a prototype version of the full system to be tested in the field, followed by modifications and a testing of the final system in conjunction with industry partners.

    Challenge

    Decommissioning

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Software portal for the supply chain

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    Based on a five asset deployment of the tool per year, over 20 years this could save the industry around £14million (per tool).

  • Wastevu Ltd - RADTRAC

    Wastevu Ltd - RADTRAC

    Project

    Wastevu Ltd - RADTRAC

    Technology Organisation

    Wastevu Ltd

    Innovative solutions for the gas, oil and nuclear industries.

    http://www.wastevu.com

    Project summary

    WasteVu is developing and trialling an innovative system that will simplify and automate end to end management of hazardous materials by applying Artificial Intelligence techniques and mobile technology tools.

    The solution will enable the industry to classify, securely capture and track hazardous material throughout its entire lifecycle. Once proven, the system will reduce the risk of exposure to hazardous materials and ensure regulatory compliance.

    Challenge

    Decommissioning

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    RADTRAC

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    £9.1MM per year - one time deployment assuming it is deployed in 2 assets per year £4.55 and £86MM for 10 years.

  • Ampelmann - Modular Life Support Systems

    Ampelmann - Modular Life Support Systems

    Project

    Ampelmann - Modular Life Support Systems

    Technology Organisation

    Ampelmann

    In an ever-changing market, Ampelmann is committed to providing the best access solutions for people and cargo transfer. We have changed the world of offshore access in terms of safety, efficiency and reliability.

    http://www.ampelmann.nl

    Project summary

    Once a production platform reaches Cessation of Production phase, it's likely that power generation and utilities such as HVAC, portable water and fire and gas detection will all be removed. This will lead to a requirement for 'life support' services for indeterminate periods.

    Traditionally power and other utilities are transferred from supply vessel to the facility by means of vessel or facility crane (if the latter exists). This project will result in an autonomous vessel based life support solution will provide power, utilities, personnel and cargo services as an integrated and scalable solution.

    A major benefits of the system is the potential reduction of the time for a Jack Up rig or Heavy Lift Vessel to be on hire and the lowering of potential HSE and financial risks to the operator.

    Challenge

    Decommissioning

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Modular Life Support Systems

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    3

    Potential Industry Value

    This technology has the potential to reduce post cessation of production operating costs by 19%. This equates to a potential saving of £5million, over an estimated four projects per year. Further value to industry will be identified during the project.

  • Riser-less Light Well Intervention System Deployment from a MODU for Well Decommissioning

    Riser-less Light Well Intervention System Deployment from a MODU for Well Decommissioning

    Project

    Riser-less Light Well Intervention System Deployment from a MODU for Well Decommissioning

    Technology Organisation

    Well-Safe Solutions

    We offer a fully integrated “Tier 1” well abandonment service providing the complete package, using our own bespoke marine and land based assets. Retaining and sharing lessons learned, we will deliver safe, efficient Well Plug and Abandonment operations in collaboration with our clients resulting in cost reductions with open and transparent communication.

    http://wellsafesolutions.com

    Project summary

    This project is a feasibility study evaluating the options available in the deployment of a riserless light well intervention system from a mobile offshore drilling unit for subsea well plugging and abandonment activities.

    The advantage of such an intervention system would be much reduced subsea well intervention costs. This would lead to significant cost reductions during the execution of well abandonment projects.

    Challenge

    Decommissioning

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Riser-less Light Well Intervention System Deployment from a MODU for Well Decommissioning

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    The integrated MODU will provide a potential saving of between £25,000 to £35,000 per day based on current market rates. Based on a full years well decommissioning operations this would see an average saving of 25% - 50%, approximately £2.1MM/year to £4.2MM/year. This figure is based on 7 to 14 days per well at an average of 12 wells per year at a low cost saving. The current global market has approximately 5000 subsea wells that will require decommissioning, if the new equipment was to be used on 20% of those wells there would be an estimated saving of £420MM.

  • N-Ergise - Study on piece small removal techniques for the TAQA Eider platform

    N-Ergise - Study on piece small removal techniques for the TAQA Eider platform

    Project

    N-Ergise - Study on piece small removal techniques for the TAQA Eider platform

    Technology Organisation

    N-Ergise

    N-ERGISE is an independently and privately-owned organisation. The company provides a wealth of experience to support the Renewables, Oil & Gas, Nuclear and Marine sectors, with a senior management team deploying knowledge and expertise spanning more than 40 years in the industry.

    http://www.n-ergise.one/

    Project summary

    This project with N-ERGISE and TAQA Bratani Limited aims to prove how assets can be dismantled using piece small techniques, within the requirement for a heavy life vessel - reducing overall cost.

    This approach has not yet been proven in the UKCS, as it has in the Norwegian sector, due to limited availability of benchmarking data.

    Using TAQA's Eider platform as the test installation, this project will include the completion of a detailed baseline scope, schedule and cost analysis study.

    Challenge

    Decommissioning

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    8

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Study

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    The value proposition is to provide proof that a Northern North Sea asset can be dismantled using piece small techniques, without the requirement for a heavy lift vessel. This could save many millions of pounds in heavy lift vessel costs. It would be necessary to test HSE requirements and possible amends to ISSOW for undertaking this type of removal, although assistance should be sought from the salvage sector. Specialist or alternative vessels or barges could be part of this optioneering for removal, with the jacket being removed separately after the “deadheading” programme.

  • James Fisher - James Fisher First Subsea Single Phase Tubular Removal

    James Fisher - James Fisher First Subsea Single Phase Tubular Removal

    Project

    James Fisher - James Fisher First Subsea Single Phase Tubular Removal

    Technology Organisation

    James Fisher

    James Fisher is a leading provider of specialist services to the marine, oil and gas and other high assurance industries worldwide.

    https://www.james-fisher.com/

    Project summary

    James Fisher and First Subsea are developing a tool capable of both cutting and lifting, in a safer, more efficient manner, compared to current technologies. It will provide the decommissioning sector with a standardised and efficient methodology for the recovery and removal of offshore structures which have been constructed using steel tubulars, with a potential to save approximately £4,000 per day in comparison to traditional methods. Based on a full year of tubular cutting operations, the savings could be in the region of £2-2.5million per year, based on six days per tubular at an average of 30 tubulars per scope and 3 scopes per year.

    Challenge

    Decommissioning

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    James Fisher First Subsea Single Phase Tubular Removal

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    The technology has a potential saving of approximately £4,000.00 GBP per day compared to the current market rates/traditional timings. Based on a full year of 'tubular cutting operations' the savings could be in the region of £2 - 2.5MM per year. This figure is based on 6-days per tubular and an average of 30 tubulars per scope and 3 projects per year.

  • Oceaneering International - Stress Concentration Tomography

    Oceaneering International - Stress Concentration Tomography

    Project

    Oceaneering International - Stress Concentration Tomography

    Technology Organisation

    Oceaneering International Services Limited

    At Oceaneering, we do things differently, creatively, and smarter. As your trusted partner and collaborator, we are Connecting What's Needed with What's Next™ to solve your toughest challenges, from routine to extreme.

    http://www.oceaneering.com/

    Project summary

    The OGTC is collaborating with Oceaneering and Spier Hunter to develop a new inspection technique for Corrosion Under Insulation.

    The project aims to adapt existing Stress Concentration Tomography (SCT™) currently used to inspect buried pipelines, to develop a tool capable of rapidly screening insulated pipework with high probability of detecting corrosion defects.

    It has the potential to lower maintenance costs by up to 60% and reduce the number of hydrocarbon leaks - saving the UKCS up to £130million per annum.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Solving the CUI Challenge - non intrusive NDT detection system

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) poses a significant operational, safety and economic challenge. Since 1984, out of the 137 major oil and gas accidents reported within the EU over 20% have been associated with CUI.
    It is currently estimated that CUI incurs 40 - 60% of the process plant maintenance costs within the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and the value impact to the industry for better inspection techniques would be in the region of £130M per annum to the UKCS. This project has the potential to help unlock these cost savings.

  • Apollo - KnowHow and RBLX Software

    Apollo - KnowHow and RBLX Software

    Project

    Apollo - KnowHow and RBLX Software

    Technology Organisation

    Apollo Offshore Engineering

    Apollo is a technically-led engineering company. Its core values of Safe Attitude Future Enjoyment underpin the company culture and how we approach, engage and deliver for our clients as well as interact with each other. Apollo empowers its engineers to deliver for our clients, with appropriate reporting and controls, ensuring maximum engineering value to be created.

    http://www.apollo-oe.com/index.php

    Project summary

    The OGTC have brought together two technology developers, Apollo Offshore Engineering and Lifetech, to collaborate on an innovative data management solution.

    The two individual software applications under development (Apollo KnowHow and RBLX) have been brought together through this project to provide a tablet-based, single, common portal for all integrity data and decision-making across the full lifecycle of an asset, allowing for quicker and more accurate data gathering and reporting, this approach has great potential to increase operational efficiency.

    The integrated software systems will provide a full integrity management lifecycle solution for late life management and fitness for service, with the ability to replace legacy data management systems.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    In-Progress

    Technology

    Apollo KnowHow and LifeTech RBLX Software

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    For a single asset, we conservatively estimate the cost savings of implementing KnowHow/ RBLX to be in the order of £1m-£5m based on the current OPEX budget associated with managing asset integrity for an asset and the efficiencies (20%) that would be gained by introducing a single solution enabling efficient workflow(s).

  • Astrimar - Qualification / Certification Proposal

    Astrimar - Qualification / Certification Proposal

    Project

    Astrimar - Qualification / Certification Proposal

    Technology Organisation

    Astrimar Ltd

    Astrimar is an independent specialist engineering consultancy delivering excellence in Reliability, Integrity Assurance and Technical Risk Management.

    https://www.astrimar.com

    Project summary

    New technology is fundamental to creating a viable future for the oil and gas sector, yet the introduction of any new technology, be it product, tool or process, creates uncertainty.

    Astrimar is a leading consultancy providing assurance in the field of technical risk. Their study will enable the OGTC to develop a guidance framework for companies on how to confidently develop and introduce new technologies. This study is split into two distinct phases.

    The first phase will identify current certification practices, outlining their challenges, barriers and gaps; the second will outline a thorough technical qualification framework which will enable the OGTC to develop a faster, more effective technology qualification process.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    9

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Qualification / Certification Proposal

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    This study and resulting guidance note will provide technology developers with insight to the challenges and barriers to technology qualification, from both the user and the developer perspective, along with an overview of current best practices and existing test facilities, with any key gaps / needs/ recommendations.

  • SPI Performance Coatings - EonCoat trial

    SPI Performance Coatings - EonCoat trial

    Project

    SPI Performance Coatings - EonCoat trial

    Technology Organisation

    SPI Performance Coatings

    Specialists in cutting edge polyurea and plural component protective coating systems and performance coatings from renowned industry innovators with unrivaled expertise and highly skilled leadership.

    https://www.spiperformancecoatings.com/

    Project summary

    SPi Performance Coatings is developing a solution that will tackle corrosion - one of the main causes of downtime - with a revolutionary protective coating that 'eats' rust on surfaces and 'self-heals' when damaged. The technology has the potential to increase efficiencies and extend the life of existing assets and infrastructure. Two field trials have been completed in 2018, including with a major international operator.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Transform Tomorrow

    Entry TRL

    8

    Field Trial

    Completed

    Technology

    EONCOAT

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    On average a traditional coating has a lifespan of five years. The anticipated lifespan of the EonCoat system is 10 years, therefore leveraging a 50% cost saving. A typical fabric maintenance budget for an offshore asset is £2.5million per annum, therefore EonCoat has the potential to deliver cost savings of £1.25million per annum for an offshore platform.

  • IMRANDD - Inspection Data Analytics

    IMRANDD - Inspection Data Analytics

    Project

    IMRANDD - Inspection Data Analytics

    Technology Organisation

    IMRANDD Ltd

    IMRANDD is a business focused multidiscipline group of engineers and oil and gas professionals with broad experience in the management of upstream oil & gas assets. We have extensive background in asset integrity management and can provide specialist engineering support and solutions for fixed and floating offshore structures, marine systems and pressure systems.

    http://www.imrandd.com/

    Project summary

    Despite decades of inspection data being gathered across the UK Continental Shelf, at significant cost to the industry, there are low levels of confidence in the quality of this data. Without a step change in approach, this problem is likely to persist.

    IMRANDD is developing an innovative software solution, providing advanced data analysis that will enable large volumes of data to be captured, analysed and then 'cleansed' - substantially improving the quality of the data collected.

    This system has the potential to reduce manual data analysis by 95% and reduce the need for future inspections by 20%.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Transform Tomorrow

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    In-Progress

    Technology

    Inspection Data Analytics

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    The greatest value of this software solution is the high level of confidence in the output of integrity assessments, improving the understanding of the overall risk profile of the asset. The software will give insight to the condition of the asset to reduce future inspections by up to 20% and prevent imminent failures, potentially saving millions in lost production.

  • pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (Marathon)

    pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (Marathon)

    Project

    pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (Marathon)

    Technology Organisation

    Pipelines 2 Data (p2d) Limited

    With constantly evolving priorities, it's essential to get the most cost effective solution, while maintaining extremely high quality standards. P2D understands this need and are geared to deliver value to customers through trusted, innovative and proven technologies. The full range of tools available provide unrivalled standards of actionable data and are ideally suited to provide all pipeline & pigging requirements.

    https://www.pipelines2data.com

    Project summary

    Pipelines2data have created a unique way to inspect pipelines using their inSonify technology. InSonify uses wideband acoustics to collect quantitative data from the pipeline (i.e. corrosion and debris location etc.), to monitor and to inform the Operator on the internal condition and integrity of the pipeline.

    It promises to be a gamechanger, offering a cost effective and low risk solution which maximises system optimisation.

    In the first of four trials with major Operators, this three month project will demonstrate the technology in a real-world scenario on a 30" pipeline in the North Sea.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    inSonify Smart Pigging (Marathon)

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    Shutdown of key pipelines can lead to £100,000s per day in lost production. By using P2D's inSonify system, pipeline operators can rapidly detect and accurately localise flow restrictions and flaws in critical revenue generating pipelines. This means quicker, more cost-effective screening surveys. With 45,000km of subsea pipeline within the UKCS it is estimated that inSonify has the potential to deliver a cost saving of approximately £46million to the industry over the next 10 years.

  • pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (Shell)

    pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (Shell)

    Project

    pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (Shell)

    Technology Organisation

    Pipelines 2 Data (p2d) Limited

    With constantly evolving priorities, it's essential to get the most cost effective solution, while maintaining extremely high quality standards. P2D understands this need and are geared to deliver value to customers through trusted, innovative and proven technologies. The full range of tools available provide unrivalled standards of actionable data and are ideally suited to provide all pipeline & pigging requirements.

    https://www.pipelines2data.com

    Project summary

    Pipelines2data have created a unique way to inspect pipelines using their inSonify technology. InSonify uses wideband acoustics to collect quantitative data from the pipeline (i.e. corrosion and debris location etc.), to monitor and to inform the Operator on the internal condition and integrity of the pipeline.

    It promises to be a gamechanger, offering a cost effective and low risk solution which maximises system optimisation.

    In the second of four trials with major Operators, this three month project will demonstrate the technology in a real-world scenario on a 16" pipeline in the North Sea. test

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    inSonify Smart Pigging (Shell)

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    Shutdown of a key pipelines can lead to £100,000s per day in lost production. By using P2D's inSonify system, Operators can rapidly detect and accurately localise flow restrictions and flaws in revenue critical lines. This means quicker, more cost-effective screening surveys. With 45,000km of subsea pipeline within the UKCS it is estimated that inSonify has the potential to deliver a cost saving of approximately £46million to the industry over the next 10 years.

  • pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (ConocoPhillips)

    pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (ConocoPhillips)

    Project

    pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (ConocoPhillips)

    Technology Organisation

    Pipelines 2 Data (p2d) Limited

    With constantly evolving priorities, it's essential to get the most cost effective solution, while maintaining extremely high quality standards. P2D understands this need and are geared to deliver value to customers through trusted, innovative and proven technologies. The full range of tools available provide unrivalled standards of actionable data and are ideally suited to provide all pipeline & pigging requirements.

    https://www.pipelines2data.com

    Project summary

    Pipelines2data have created a unique way to inspect pipelines using their inSonify technology. InSonify uses wideband acoustics to collect quantitative data from the pipeline (i.e. corrosion and debris location etc.), to monitor and to inform the Operator on the internal condition and integrity of the pipeline.

    It promises to be a gamechanger, offering a cost effective and low risk solution which maximises system optimisation.

    In the third of four trials with major Operators, this three month project will demonstrate the technology in a real-world scenario on a 24" pipeline in the North Sea.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    inSonify Smart Pigging (ConocoPhillips)

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    Shutdown of a key pipelines can lead to £100,000s per day in lost production. By using P2D's inSonify system, Operators can rapidly detect and accurately localise flow restrictions and flaws in revenue critical lines. This means quicker, more cost-effective screening surveys. With 45,000km of subsea pipeline within the UKCS it is estimated that inSonify has the potential to deliver a cost saving of approximately £46million to the industry over the next 10 years.

  • pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (Taqa)

    pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (Taqa)

    Project

    pipelines2data - inSonify Smart Pigging (Taqa)

    Technology Organisation

    Pipelines 2 Data (p2d) Limited

    With constantly evolving priorities, it's essential to get the most cost effective solution, while maintaining extremely high quality standards. P2D understands this need and are geared to deliver value to customers through trusted, innovative and proven technologies. The full range of tools available provide unrivalled standards of actionable data and are ideally suited to provide all pipeline & pigging requirements.

    https://www.pipelines2data.com

    Project summary

    Pipelines2data have created a unique way to inspect pipelines using their inSonify technology. InSonify uses wideband acoustics to collect quantitative data from the pipeline (i.e. corrosion and debris location etc.), to monitor and to inform the Operator on the internal condition and integrity of the pipeline.

    It promises to be a gamechanger, offering a cost effective and low risk solution which maximises system optimisation.

    The final/fourth of four trials with major Operators, this three month project will demonstrate the technology in a real-world scenario on a 20" pipeline in the North Sea.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    inSonify Smart Pigging (Taqa)

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    Shutdown of a key pipelines can lead to £100,000s per day in lost production. By using P2D's inSonify system, Operators can rapidly detect and accurately localise flow restrictions and flaws in revenue critical lines. This means quicker, more cost-effective screening surveys. With 45,000km of subsea pipeline within the UKCS it is estimated that inSonify has the potential to deliver a cost saving of approximately £46million to the industry over the next 10 years.

  • CAN - Data Visualisation

    CAN - Data Visualisation

    Project

    CAN - Data Visualisation

    Technology Organisation

    CAN Group

    CAN GROUP is a market leader in life of asset integrity services with our business streams CAN, ENGTEQ and VENTEQ providing a comprehensive and integrated asset integrity service to deliver innovative solutions to the energy industry worldwide.

    http://www.cangroup.net/

    Project summary

    The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the benefits of using visualisation technologies, both hardware and software, to display NDT inspection data to operators and integrity engineers.

    This project builds on a previous OGTC project (Non Intrusive Inspection of pressure vessels) carried out in partnership with CAN Offshore Ltd.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    8

    Field Trial

    Completed

    Technology

    Data Visualisation

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    It is estimated that this technology will provide a cost saving per annum in the region £1.62M based on the number of pressure vessel inspections carried out each year across the UKCS.

  • ESR Technology Ltd - Inspection for Corrosion at Trunnions

    ESR Technology Ltd - Inspection for Corrosion at Trunnions

    Project

    ESR Technology Ltd - Inspection for Corrosion at Trunnions

    Technology Organisation

    ESR Technology Ltd

    ESR Technology provides its clients with independent and specialist technical consultancy and services in the Oil & Gas, Space, Industrial and Transport markets

    https://www.esrtechnology.com

    Project summary

    In partnership with the HOIS Joint Industry Project, the OGTC is tackling the hidden danger of corrosion in trunnion supports of pipework in a project championed by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    Trunnions are welded supports to pipework that are widely used in the oil and gas industry. The trunnion supports usually have a weep hole, which can be left unsealed which can lead to water ingress and resulting hidden corrosion of process pipework.

    This project involves five service companies participating in open trials using a range of inspection technologies to detect corrosion of the process pipework hidden within the trunnion support.

    The dangers of undetected corrosion in trunnion supports was the focus of an HSE safety notice, following an incident at an onshore petrochemical plant, and recently the HSE have issued prohibition and improvement notices on this issue.

    A guidance note will be issued on completion of the project.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    8

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Inspection for Corrosion at Trunnions

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    This project will be instrumental in raising awareness of available technology for managing external corrosion and has the potential to help unlock the Asset Integrity Solution Centre Goal of reducing integrity costs by 50%.

  • ESR Technology Ltd - Development of Guidance Notes for DNV G103

    ESR Technology Ltd - Development of Guidance Notes for DNV G103

    Project

    ESR Technology Ltd - Development of Guidance Notes for DNV G103

    Technology Organisation

    ESR Technology Ltd

    ESR Technology provides its clients with independent and specialist technical consultancy and services in the Oil & Gas, Space, Industrial and Transport markets

    https://www.esrtechnology.com

    Project summary

    This project, in partnership with the HOIS Joint Industry Project, is looking to develop a guidance note to support the application of the latest revision of DNVGL RP G103.

    This guidance note will be a key enabler to assist users in adopting Non Intrusive Inspection of pressure vessel and help unlock the potential of delivering cost savings of £242M per annum to the UKCS.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    8

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Development of Guidance Notes for DNV G103

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    Due to previous projects supported by the OGTC the value to the industry for NII has been calculated to be in the region of £242m per annum. This project with help leverage this cost saving by providing a guidance note to further enable the adoption of NII.

  • TRAC Oil & Gas - TracTec Tool Field Trial

    TRAC Oil & Gas - TracTec Tool Field Trial

    Project

    TRAC Oil & Gas - TracTec Tool Field Trial

    Technology Organisation

    TRAC Oil & Gas

    TRAC Oil & Gas Ltd is a leading global provider of Rope Access Inspection, Repair & Maintenance services for the Oil & Gas and related industries.

    http://www.tracoilandgas.com

    Project summary

    The OGTC has worked with TRAC Oil & Gas and ToolTec on a two phase project to first develop and now to field trial an innovative subsea cleaning and inspection tool.

    The Trac-Tec tool overcomes the challenge of how to carry out inspection and cleaning activities in the splash zone, the area immediately above or below the sea level, one of the most challenging locations on a platform. This new device can be remotely deployed from the platform, to clean and inspect all types, sizes and configurations of caissons and conductors, negating the need for divers, ROVs and DSVs.

    TRAC will now trial this innovative device on four caissons in the North Sea to prove the tool can be universally adopted.

    This technological development has the potential to reduce inspection costs by 50%, improve safety, quality and consistency.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    TracTec Tool Field Trial

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    A typical annual workscopes for one platform's splash zone inspection ranges from £300k to £3m based on various riser, structural and pipeline schedules and utilising ROVs and divers. By using the TracTec Tool the costs to carryout similar workscopes would be in the region of £15,000 to £150,000 thereby providing a 95% cost saving.

  • Global Design Innovation - Automated defect detection and reporting

    Global Design Innovation - Automated defect detection and reporting

    Project

    Global Design Innovation - Automated defect detection and reporting

    Technology Organisation

    Global Design Innovation Limited

    GDi provides fit for purpose repair orders, engineering support and design solutions across the energy sector. GDI deliver tailored engineering solutions and provide clients a cost effective means of safely and efficiently maintaining assets by utilising latest technology to streamline workflows and increase uptime.

    https://www.globaldi.co.uk/

    Project summary

    Global Design Innovation is deliving two projects which have the potential to transform the entire asset integrity management process.

    The first project will use the latest laser technology to develop a 3D, 360° digital twin model of the asset which will be the single source of all asset integrity information. This model will provide real time updates and allow the engineers to enter, view, manipulate and manage all asset integrity information without the need to generate reports.

    The second project will develop a revolutionary handheld laser scanner which will rapidly obtain accurate inspection data, automatically detect and categorise defects and generate virtual inspection reports.

    The use of the digital twin model, in combination with the revolutionary visual inspection tool, will revolutionise asset integrity having the potential to save the oil and gas industry £250million per year.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Automated defect detection and reporting

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    GDi Inspection will transform the inspection process by eliminating the need for traditional reporting methods and provide the ability to accurately assess the condition of hazardous or inaccessible locations using the automated defect detection software. It has the potential to save an operator up to £1.3million per asset, per year, that equates to at total saving of £325million per year for the UKCS.

  • Starstream - Cascade Injection Control (CIC)

    Starstream - Cascade Injection Control (CIC)

    Project

    Starstream - Cascade Injection Control (CIC)

    Technology Organisation

    Starstream

    StarStream is an upstream oil and gas industrial process control services company. StarStream's unique approach reveals limitations and improvements through analysis of equipment data and the application of mathematical techniques. We provide our clients with quantifiable, process control improvements.

    https://www.star-stream.co.uk

    Project summary

    We are supporting Starstream to field trial their Cascade Injection Control technology which optimises gas injection across several subsea wells to increase overall production.

    CIC is an online, real-time control scheme which encompasses the productivity of each well and automatically distributes the precise amount of gas required for optimal profit, to gas-lifted wells.

    This has the potential to deliver immediate production gains, ensuring every cubic meter of available gas in injected efficiently, reducing lifting costs for an operator.


    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    7

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Cascade Injection Control (CIC)

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    On the assumption that if 10% of platforms apply Cascade Injection Control technology, £81m of extra revenue could be achieved annually.

  • TenzorGeo - Micro Seismic

    TenzorGeo - Micro Seismic

    Project

    TenzorGeo - Micro Seismic

    Technology Organisation

    TenzorGeo

    Tenzor Geo provides an integrated service in micro seismic data acquisition and interpretation for high accuracy hydrocarbon mapping, delivering a multi-million dollar reduction in E&A campaign costs. Based on a maximum likelihood method, the service has had technical and commercial success onshore.

    http://tenzorgeo.co.uk/

    Project summary

    We are co-funding Tenzor GEO, an OGTC TechX graduate, to field trial their Micro Seismic technology in the North Sea. The technique augments the use and value of existing vertical seismic profile and acoustic data from the exploration wellbore, using low-frequency micro-seismic data acquired using Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBSs).

    This is being field trialled in the North Sea for a major operator, applying the technology to plan and prepare operational deployment, secure offshore data and deliver in-house interpretation.


    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    In-Progress

    Technology

    Micro Seismic

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    According to the OGA, Well insights Report 2018, the average cost of an exploration well was £24.3million in 2017. Assuming that this technology could save two wells for a given opportunity, well costs could potentially be reduced by £48million per development. When extrapolated across the 360+ marginal developments in teh UKCS, with a 10% success rate, this gives in the region of £1.7billion to the industry.

  • Exnics Shell Field Trial

    Exnics Shell Field Trial

    Project

    Exnics Shell Field Trial

    Technology Organisation

    Exnics

    Exnics build systems to provide greater insight into the performance of oil and gas assets that lead directly to enhanced production performance. Solutions are created through their own research and development.

    https://www.exnics.com

    Project summary

    The OGTC is co-funding Exnics to develop a low cost, low power, non-intrusive and retrofittable subsea tool for determining multi-phase production flowrates from subsea wells.

    The system will be trailed and optimised on a North Sea platform in anticipation of marinizing the system for subsea deployment.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Field Trial

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    This is a low-cost, non-intrusive flow monitoring device that - based on the Subsea Production Measurement - could deliver £500million savings over a single year.

  • University of Strathclyde - Offshore Grid Access

    University of Strathclyde - Offshore Grid Access

    Project

    University of Strathclyde - Offshore Grid Access

    Technology Organisation

    University of Strathclyde

    The University of Strathclyde is a public research university located in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1796 as the Andersonian Institute, it is Glasgow's second-oldest university, with the university receiving its royal charter in 1964 as the UK's first technological university. It takes its name from the historic Kingdom of Strathclyde.

    https://www.strath.ac.uk/

    Project summary

    We are funding the University of Strathclyde to undertake a study to investigate and analyse offshore grid access for 'small pools' in the UKCS. The report will summarise the characterisation of existing small pool power systems, defining future operational requirements and areas of emergent technology.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    -

    Entry TRL

    1

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Offshore Grid Access

    Type

    -

    Target TRL

    3

    Potential Industry Value

    This is an initial study to assess the concept for offshore grid access for Small Pools. The project that characterise the existing small pool power system options - value will be identified from the study results.

  • Cavitas Energy - THOR - Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery

    Cavitas Energy - THOR - Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery

    Project

    Cavitas Energy - THOR - Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery

    Technology Organisation

    Cavitas Energy

    Cavitas Energy is an enhanced oil recovery specialist supporting the international oil and gas service industry.

    http://www.cavitas.co.uk

    Project summary

    We are funding Cavitas to design, build & test a protoype of their Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery (THOR) system, for use in areas where conventional thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery is not effective. Primary use of the system will be the heating of injection water in heavy oil applications to improve recovery.

    The project will be phased and cover THOR prototype design, full field thermal EOR study, build prototype, identify / secure field trial and complete system testing.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    THOR - Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    If the THOR system can achieve an increase in recovery by 11%, the average recovery factor for heavy oil fields in the UKCS would increase to 18.5%. When applied to 10% of the 400 million barrels in 'small pools' this represents and increase off 44 million barrels or £2.2bn in additional revenue.

  • Xodus Group - Wireless Subsea Comms Testing

    Xodus Group - Wireless Subsea Comms Testing

    Project

    Xodus Group - Wireless Subsea Comms Testing

    Technology Organisation

    Xodus Group

    Xodus provides engineering and advisory services to clients in the oil and gas, LNG, renewables and utilities industries worldwide. Our clever and innovative thinking helps clients to overcome challenges and maximise their return on investment.

    http://www.xodusgroup.com

    Project summary

    Xodus is developing an independent test plan for wireless subsea communications, to de-risk the technology and accelerate its acceptance into the oil and gas industry. The project is one of the winning entries of the OGTC's smart communications subsea (smartCs) Open 'Call for Ideas'.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Transform Tomorrow

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Wireless Subsea Comms Testing

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    This potentially eliminates the need for the umbilical, which saves £2.5 million CAPEX for a single use and £15.7 million for multiple uses.

  • Quantum Leap Technology (QLTech) - Electric control for umbilical-less system

    Quantum Leap Technology (QLTech) - Electric control for umbilical-less system

    Project

    Quantum Leap Technology (QLTech) - Electric control for umbilical-less system

    Technology Organisation

    Quantum Leap Technology (QLTech)

    QL Tech was established to design and develop a range of innovative integrated power systems utilising modern battery, motor and pump technology together with state of the art power electronics to crease exceptionally reliable, inherently safe power solutions for the energy sector.

    https://www.qltech.net/

    Project summary

    This project is supporting QL Tech PowerBank to develop a solution that will remove the requirement for subsea umbilicals. The technology aims to help operators unlock marginal fields through a significant reduction in umbilical and chemical injection related capital expenditure, using a novel subsea chemical storage and injection system with local power and control at the 'Christmas Tree'.

    The system is modular, allowing for a standard design to be configured for individual fields with little additional engineering and qualification.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    -

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Electric control for umbilical-less system

    Type

    -

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    This supports Tieback of the Future's reuseable control system theme, eliminating the need for the chemical cores in the umbilical. The capital expenditure saving potential in using PowerBank for UKCS small pools can be estimated at over £1billion. Additional savings are achieved through operational expenditure by reducing chemical usage.

  • Raptor Oil - Acoustic Data

    Raptor Oil - Acoustic Data

    Project

    Raptor Oil - Acoustic Data

    Technology Organisation

    Raptor Oil Ltd

    TechX partner - Investor readiness TechX contact - Gordon Cowie

    http://www.raptor-oil.com/

    Project summary

    Raptor Oil is focused on transforming the transmission of downhole drilling data to the surface using innovative through-pipe acoustic telemetry technology.

    This could increase the speed and capacity of data communication by up to 10 times, helping to drive efficiency, reduce costs and enable better decision-making. This is a critical component/technology in supporting industry to develop fully automated operations, where data drives the decision-making process.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Acoustic data transmission

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    With an estimated 10 new well-applications per year, this could save £200,000 per well (based on 12 hours righ time saved per well).

  • University of Aberdeen - Artificial Intelligence in Well Design

    University of Aberdeen - Artificial Intelligence in Well Design

    Project

    University of Aberdeen - Artificial Intelligence in Well Design

    Technology Organisation

    University of Aberdeen

    55th out of 750 world universities (top university in Scotland) for research performance (based on the proportion of research appearing in the top 10% of international journals) - CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015.

    http://www.abdn.ac.uk/

    Project summary

    Scientists are focused on harnessing the collective knowlege of the North Sea in a project that will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to boost production in the oil and gas sector.

    The University has teamed up with the Oil & Gas Technology Centre and a leading technology solutions provider to develop an AI-based system that will utilise data from previous exploration and production projects in the North Sea, to improve decision-making in current projects.

    Working with existing software, scientists will work to develop an intelligent system that provides recommendations to operators during the well design process, helping to reduce costs and increase productivity.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Artificial Intelligence in Well Design

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    3

    Potential Industry Value

    The value of repeatedly selecting the 'perfect' strategy for a hydrocarbon development project is enormous. Fewer cost overruns, fewer failures during execution and the ability to continue learning in a structured and integrated manner, could transform the industry.

    Savings estimates assume: six people planning for two months = 12 man-months or £0.5million

  • WellSense - Fibreline Intervention

    WellSense - Fibreline Intervention

    Project

    WellSense - Fibreline Intervention

    Technology Organisation

    Well-Sense

    Well-SENSE Technology uses technical expertise, design excellence and innovation to deliver practical solutions to industry challenges.

    https://www.well-sense.co.uk/

    Project summary

    This project is supporting WellSense to develop and deploy a distributed acoustic and temperature log (DAS/DTS) using the company's FibreLine Intervention (FLI).

    The system provides a low-cost option to deploy fibreoptic cable into a wellbore to capture distributed temperature and acoustic readings, as well as single point pressure and temperature from the body of the tool.

    The project includes a field trial of the distributed temperature technology which, if successful, will provide information that can be used to better manage or optimise production. The data captured may also provide an understanding of the well integrity, which could help reduce decommissioning costs in the future.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Fibre Deployment System

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    This project will provide access to data that will allow informed well management decisions to be made. Applying this technology to approximately 25% of a potential 40 wells per year could save £200K per well for data gathering and avoid further well-shut ins, saving a further £2million per well @ $50/bbl oil price.

    In total this has the potential to save the UKCS around £22million per year.

  • Robert Gordon University - Decommissioning Simulator

    Robert Gordon University - Decommissioning Simulator

    Project

    Robert Gordon University - Decommissioning Simulator

    Technology Organisation

    Robert Gordon University

    TechX partner - Behavioural change TechX contact - Rhona Flin

    http://www.rgu.ac.uk/

    Project summary

    Robert Gordon University, in collaboration with the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, KCA Deutag and Drilling Systems, with technical support from Baker Hughes, a GE Company, established a training simulator for 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.

    It was initially 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.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Decom Simulator

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    This simulator could improve the efficiency of abandonment operations across the UKCS through improving pre-planning and crew awareness.   This would reduce time spent on delivering P&A by around 10-20%, for approximately 10% of the UKCS 1,400 wells (over 10 years).
    This equates to approximately 2-5 days per well, at £200,000 per day, or approximately £600,000 per well.

  • SPEX - Casing removal technology

    SPEX - Casing removal technology

    Project

    SPEX - Casing removal technology

    Technology Organisation

    SPEX Corporate Holding Limited

    Formed in 2009, SPEX has rapidly developed as a specialised service provider and innovator of energetics products.

    http://www.spex-innovation.com/

    Project summary

    SPEX is developing a technology that removes casing and any associated cement back to the formation, to allow the installation of a permanent barrier.

    The will allow casing to be safely left downhole and minimise the number of cuts and pulls to seal off the well, significantly reducing the cost and time of abandonment while increasing the number of rigless abandonment opportunities.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Rocket Fuel Tubular Removal

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    By using this tool, it is expected to save around 5-20 days of rig time per well - which could also be deployed riglessly.

    With 1400 wells over 10 years, applying this to just 10% would save on average £28million to the UKCS.

  • BiSN - Wel-Lok M2M STC Sealing

    BiSN - Wel-Lok M2M STC Sealing

    Project

    BiSN - Wel-Lok M2M STC Sealing

    Technology Organisation

    BiSN

    BiSN is a leading provider of metal to metal downhole sealing solutions to the oil and gas industry, utilising our groundbreaking modified thermite heater. We are breaking the mould of traditional elastomer seals and cement.

    http://www.bisn.com

    Project summary

    The OGTC is supporting BiSN to test and verify the company's Wel-Lok M2M technology, which utilises a ground-breaking thermite heater and bismuth-based alloys to form a seal in the wellbore. The technology installs a barrier across tubing and casing and could deliver a step-change in abandonment and well integrity operations.

    This project includes a first-field deployment of the technology in the UKCS, with long-term monitoring of its barrier capabilities. Information and results from the trial, in addition to the ongoing material verification studies, will be used to advance the qualification of the technology as a permanent plugging and abandonment barrier.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Wel-Lok M2M STC Sealing

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    Validating this technology as a suitable barrier would have a significant impact on abandonment costs, reducing the need for tubular removal across a large proportion of wells in the UKCS and therefore reducing the scope of abandonments from a rig activity to an intervention vessel or platform based activity.  Based on 10% application on the 1400 wells over 10 years, this could save £4m per well for rigless abandonment. This equates to £50million per year.

  • Heriot Watt University - Flow prediction for well plugging and abandonment

    Heriot Watt University - Flow prediction for well plugging and abandonment

    Project

    Heriot Watt University - Flow prediction for well plugging and abandonment

    Technology Organisation

    Heriot-Watt University

    Founded in 1821, Heriot-Watt has a rich heritage and is valued for its pioneering research informed by the global needs of business and industry.

    http://www.hw.ac.uk

    Project summary

    Following consultation through an industry-led workshop, Heriot Watt University is developing a new modelling framework to predict the potential for flow of hydrocarbons to surface as part of well isolation design in well plug and abandonment. The model would help evaluate and manage risk, increase efficiency and enhance decision making. This could deliver cost and time savings through reduced scope, reduced remediation and support the deployment of new technology, such as alternative plugging solutions using fewer barriers, different barrier locations or materials.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Flow Prediction P&A

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    5

    Potential Industry Value

    The average cost of well abandonment is £6million, with a potential for this to reduce betweenh 10-50%. Assuming the lower end of estimates, this could save around £1million per well, for the potential 1,400 wells globally.

  • University of Strathclyde - Micro-annuli and migration pathway sealing technology

    University of Strathclyde - Micro-annuli and migration pathway sealing technology

    Project

    University of Strathclyde - Micro-annuli and migration pathway sealing technology

    Technology Organisation

    University of Strathclyde

    The University of Strathclyde is a public research university located in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1796 as the Andersonian Institute, it is Glasgow's second-oldest university, with the university receiving its royal charter in 1964 as the UK's first technological university. It takes its name from the historic Kingdom of Strathclyde.

    https://www.strath.ac.uk/

    Project summary

    The University of Strathclyde's project uses enzymes to repair or improve cement barriers to block the migration pathways, preventing the flow of hydrocarbons to surface in wells that have been plugged and abandoned.

    The low viscosity and nanoparticle size enables it to penetrate and seal the smallest of spaces, which cement grouts can struggle to achieve. The technology, currently being developed for other industries, will be assessed in typical downhole conditions to gather critical data on its performance and applicability as a well abandonment material.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Bio-Grout Barrier

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    4

    Potential Industry Value

    With around 30% of wells with poor quality cement in the annulus, and around 10% of these that could benefit from this technology, it could save between 5-20 days per well (in pulling casing). This equates to around £2million per well, for around five wells per year, therefore £10million annually in the UKCS.

  • Tendeka - Wireless downhole safety valve

    Tendeka - Wireless downhole safety valve

    Project

    Tendeka - Wireless downhole safety valve

    Technology Organisation

    Tendeka

    Advanced Completions and Production Optimisation for our Clients' Reservoirs From simple to complex well designs, Tendeka's extensive track record to overcome production challenges in the most demanding operating environments ensures measurable results for our clients.

    http://www.tendeka.com

    Project summary

    The OGTC is supporting Tendeka to demonstrate further capability of the company's PulseEight wireless technology, with a major North Sea operator. Tendeka has successfully completed phase one of a project to install and test PulseEight as an insert safety valve.

    The device successfully detected a number of simulated emergency events and reacted as planned. Testing included operations in a live producing offshore well, with further development ongoing. The operator believes the technology could unlock more than £5million savings per well, per year, for the North Sea, as well as providing increased capability for the operator.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    Completed

    Technology

    Wireless DHSV

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    Based on an estimated 10 companies using this technology on five wells (each), this could result in a total value of nearly £7million annually.

  • Intelligent Drilling Tools Ltd - Downhole electronic activation platform

    Intelligent Drilling Tools Ltd - Downhole electronic activation platform

    Project

    Intelligent Drilling Tools Ltd - Downhole electronic activation platform

    Technology Organisation

    Intelligent Drilling Tools Ltd

    Intelligent Drilling Tools Ltd. has been born out of Cutting & Wear's long term business of designing and manufacturing drilling tools for companies such as Andergauge Ltd., Toolbox Ltd. (Hydrastab), NOV and various other oilfield service companies. Cutting & Wear Ltd., in collaboration with certain drilling professionals currently in the industry, have formed IDT to develop Downhole Technology with the aim of delivering useful, intelligent tools that approach problems with a new and modern technological view.

    http://www.intelligentdrillingtools.com

    Project summary

    This project is funding Intelligent Drilling Tools (IDT) to develop a revolutionary approach to downhole tool activation, which could deliver significant rig time savings, reduce non-productive time, and improve the efficiency and speed of drilling. The system will help de-risk operations as it removes the possibility of balls or darts jamming in the drill pipe, or not reaching the required landing seat. IDT's technology has already garnered significant interest from major operators, and will be trialled in a live well when the project is successfully completed.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Downhole electronic activation platform

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    Savings based on five wells per year (10% uptake), for eight applications per well, could save around £400,000 annually in the UKCS.

  • WellSet - Magnetic Cement & Annular Test

    WellSet - Magnetic Cement & Annular Test

    Project

    WellSet - Magnetic Cement & Annular Test

    Technology Organisation

    WellSet

    Well-Set P&A is a young start-up taking a fresh approach to well abandonment. By thinking 'outside of the box' we have devised innovated new techniques to drive down the cost and risk associated with well decommissoning.

    http://www.wellset.no

    Project summary

    The OGTC is working in partnership with WellSet to investigate the feasibility of using magnetic rheology in well cementing. Application of a magnetic field aligns particles to enhance cement displacement efficiency and immunity to gravitational migration, potentially leading to more accurate cement placement and better cement integrity, as well as the potential to set shorter abandonment plugs.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Magnetic Cement & Annular Test

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    3

    Potential Industry Value

    Improving placement of cement in annulus and preventing repeat cement job could save around one days rig time for each application. Based on approximately 10 wells per year, this could save £4million annually.

  • Pragma - Variable inflow control valve

    Pragma - Variable inflow control valve

    Project

    Pragma - Variable inflow control valve

    Technology Organisation

    Pragma Well Technology

    Advanced Production Technologies for the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry. Pragma collaborates with operating companies around the world to reduce costs, increase production and improve oil and gas recovery.

    https://www.pragma-well.com/

    Project summary

    The OGTC is working in partnership with Pragma to develop a production optimisation valve designed to provide operators with a means of infinitely choking or shutting off multiphase fluid / gas flow.

    This involves producing a standalone scaled prototype valve that is capable of functioning without external power, demonstrating control over its function. This milestone would form the basis of design to further develop and refine control functionality.

    This funding will take the technology from early stage to mid stage technology readiness.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    1

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Variable inflow control valve

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    4

    Potential Industry Value

    10% improved recovery on 15 wells per year, at an average of 700 boe per well per week, could save approximately £21million per year across the UCKS.

  • Glass Technology Services Ltd - Wellbore stability using glass technology

    Glass Technology Services Ltd - Wellbore stability using glass technology

    Project

    Glass Technology Services Ltd - Wellbore stability using glass technology

    Technology Organisation

    Glass Technology Services Ltd

    GTS is a provider of analysis, mechanical and performance testing, due dilligence support and quality assessment, failure analysis and both research and development and technocal consultancy projects - specialising in glass and glass products.

    http://www.glass-ts.com

    Project summary

    We are working with GTS to identify glass products that have the potential to be deployed in oil and gas wells to enhance wellbore stability. These soluable glass materials react with fluids and formation to consolidate rock formations either allowing or preventing the flow of formation fluids.

    If the results of this project are successful, further development would move towards development and subsequent field trials.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Wellbore stability using glass technology

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    4

    Potential Industry Value

    56 development wells were completed in 2017 with the OGA estimating 2000-3000 wells are needed to meet MER UK requirements. 120-150 new wells will be required per year; assuming 10% application gives 12 wells per year, with potential savings of two days per well. Cost benefit will be established as part of this project.

  • Downhole Energy Ltd - 3D downhole printing

    Downhole Energy Ltd - 3D downhole printing

    Project

    Downhole Energy Ltd - 3D downhole printing

    Technology Organisation

    Downhole Energy Ltd

    We can provide concept design, prototype design and finished machined drawings of individual parts. We have a proven track record in this area developing many downhole tools including test rigs and qualification testing.

    http://downholeenergy.co.uk/

    Project summary

    The OGTC is working with Downhole Energy to progress a feasibility study into the potential for downhole additive manufacturing for casing / tubing repair.

    This study will establish whether a downhole well construction/repair tool is feasible using 3D printing/welding technology - including detailed welding, mechanical and electric data.

    It will conclude with a proposed budget and design for the next phase of testing.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    1

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    3D downhole printing

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    2

    Potential Industry Value

    Scoping study no value until research completed.

  • Deltatek Global - Seacure; Field trial with Energean

    Deltatek Global - Seacure; Field trial with Energean

    Project

    Deltatek Global - Seacure; Field trial with Energean

    Technology Organisation

    Deltatek Global

    Deltatek Global was established in response to growing industry demand for efficiently implemented, intelligent, cost saving and risk reducing products to the Oil & Gas Drilling industry.

    http://www.deltatekglobal.com

    Project summary

    This project is supporting Deepwater Oil Tools to develop Seacure, a special stab-in cementing tool designed to improve the quality and reduce the time taken for conductor cementing in subsea wells. This has secured a project partner, which is running the tool in three offshore wells.

    The funding covers the deployment of the SeaCure cementing tool on two wells, demonstrating the value potential of the tool while providing a track record for industry to consider in subsequent deployments.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    7

    Field Trial

    Completed

    Technology

    Seacure; Field trial with Energean

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    This technology could provide a time saving of approximately 4 hours from every subsea well and up to 36 hours for many subsea wells. This equates to a cost based value proposition of between £75,000 up to £1M per cement job. With around 20 Subsea wells drilled per year in the UKCS a 20% uptake would result in a saving of between £150,000-£2million.

  • Chrysaor E&P Services Limited - Multi stage Fraccing

    Chrysaor E&P Services Limited - Multi stage Fraccing

    Project

    Chrysaor E&P Services Limited - Multi stage Fraccing

    Technology Organisation

    Chrysaor E&P Services Limited

    Chrysaor is a self-sustaining full cycle E&P company, with a portfolio of assets balancing near term development with production growth, combined with significant gearing to appraisal and exploration success. We are focused on generating superior equity returns by developing and commercialising oil and gas incremental resources.

    https://www.chrysaor.com

    Project summary

    Chrysaor is evaluating the potential to accelerate hydraulic fracturing treatments, executed with ball drop activated sleeves, eliminating the risk for over flush and irreparable damage to the fracture near wellbore conductivity. This first phase of the project is to undertake laboratory and flow loop testing of the proposed methodology which will then be combined with computer simulation. If successful, Chrysaor plan to field trial this methodology. The project could deliver a four-fold reduction in the time required for hydraulic fracturing - from one frac every four days to one frac a day. With an average number of five fracs per well in the North Sea and about six wells a year, this offers a potential saving of £20million per year.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Multi stage Fraccing

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    Not only would this deliver up to £20million in cost saving per year to the UKCS, it could increase confidence in delivering more cost effective solutions for offshore hydraulic fracturing in stranded or marginal fields.

  • Intelligent Plant - Well Intelligence

    Intelligent Plant - Well Intelligence

    Project

    Intelligent Plant - Well Intelligence

    Technology Organisation

    Intelligent Plant Ltd

    Intelligent Plant specialise in the performance monitoring of equipment and processes through analysis and visualisation of real-time data, and in the management of alarm data. The company consists of both engineers and computer scientists forming a team of very capable and skilled professionals who provide innovative and tailored solutions to their global clients.

    https://www.intelligentplant.com

    Project summary

    Intelligent Plant are developing technology that addresses a challenge in the industry around optimisation of production from complex facilities. Currently wells are tested individually, however this new technology creates an opportunity to utilise data and machine learning to optimise the whole system. This creates an opportunity to potentially increase production by more than 1% of each field that the technology is applied to.

    Challenge

    Digital Transformation

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    Completed

    Technology

    West Brae production improvement - a 'Well Intelligence' app

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    This project creates an opportunity to potentially increase production by more than 1% of each field that the technology is applied to.

  • Intelligent Plant - SEER statistical Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

    Intelligent Plant - SEER statistical Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

    Project

    Intelligent Plant - SEER statistical Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

    Technology Organisation

    Intelligent Plant Ltd

    Intelligent Plant specialise in the performance monitoring of equipment and processes through analysis and visualisation of real-time data, and in the management of alarm data. The company consists of both engineers and computer scientists forming a team of very capable and skilled professionals who provide innovative and tailored solutions to their global clients.

    https://www.intelligentplant.com

    Project summary

    Intelligent Plant is developing and testing an alarm root cause analyse (RCA) capability through data analytics methods and a cloud-based application (SEER) for use in the diagnosis of the major equipment 'trips' or downtime, which will allow the end user to modify operational, maintenance or engineering practice to potentially monitor and prevent future failures. The current inability to prevent trips has been identified as a major cause of downtime, so the success of the project would mitigate this and increase production efficiency and provide significant cost savings.

    Challenge

    Digital Transformation

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    In-Progress

    Technology

    Seer - Alarm RCA Application

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    The current inability to prevent 'trips' has been identified as a major cause of downtime, so the success of the project would mitigate this and increase production efficiency and provide significant cost savings.

  • taurob GmbH - Mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection

    taurob GmbH - Mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection

    Project

    taurob GmbH - Mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection

    Technology Organisation

    Taurob GmbH

    taurob is a young and innovative company, which combines new ideas, technical expertise as well as customer orientated development. Together with our main costumers we transfer new ideas and solutions into high-end products. taurob also closely cooperates with various institutes of different universities, in order to apply recent research to cutting edge developments.

    http://taurob.com/

    Project summary

    Robots could soon be working autonomously alongside humans on a North Sea platform, as part of a world-first project from the OGTC, Total E&P (Total) and Taurob.

    The 18-month project will develop and trial a mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection of facilities, on Total's onshore Shetland Gas Plant and offshore Alwyn platform.

    The robot developed by Taurob is ATEX-certified (certified to work in gas environments without risk of ignition), can perform visual inspections, read dials, level gauges and valve positions, navigate through narrow pathways and up and down stairs, measure temperature and gas concentration, and detect and navigate around obstacles and humans.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Transform Tomorrow

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    In-Progress

    Technology

    Offshore Ground Robots

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    Due to the novel and emerging nature of this technology the value target or project return, remains difficult to estimate, primarily due to the complex nature of where robotic technologies could support autonomous inspection and remote operations. The value generation expected from a one-time technology deployment is in the region of £275,000 for brownfield intervention task with a further £127million anticipated annually, based on inspection activities alone, and £55million saving on capex for new build normally unmanned installations.

  • University of Strathclyde - Robotic telepresence NDE

    University of Strathclyde - Robotic telepresence NDE

    Project

    University of Strathclyde - Robotic telepresence NDE

    Technology Organisation

    University of Strathclyde

    The University of Strathclyde is a public research university located in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1796 as the Andersonian Institute, it is Glasgow's second-oldest university, with the university receiving its royal charter in 1964 as the UK's first technological university. It takes its name from the historic Kingdom of Strathclyde.

    https://www.strath.ac.uk/

    Project summary

    Working in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, the OGTC is funding a new robot crawler equipped with 3D laser scanning and non-destructive testing technology.

    Existing crawlers are typically deployed only when there is clear line-of-sight for the operator. The University's solution will construct a virtual, dynamic 3D representation of the inspection site meaning it can be operated safely from a remote location.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Remote Visual Inspection System

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    4

    Potential Industry Value

    The robot has the potential to approximately halve the time taken to complete NII scopes on pressure vessels, due to the autonomous capability and faster data capture. This will lead to a proportionate reduction in direct cost to the operator for completion of these scopes.
    The additional costs to support the inspection will also be lower, for example, lesser requirement for offshore accommodation and fewer mobilisations by helicopter. The cost savings for completing inspections would depend on the required NII strategy type but would be expected to be in the region of
    £25k per vessel. Therefore, for a facility carrying out 20 inspections per year the saving would be approximately £500k.

  • University of Strathclyde - LOCUST

    University of Strathclyde - LOCUST

    Project

    University of Strathclyde - LOCUST

    Technology Organisation

    University of Strathclyde

    The University of Strathclyde is a public research university located in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1796 as the Andersonian Institute, it is Glasgow's second-oldest university, with the university receiving its royal charter in 1964 as the UK's first technological university. It takes its name from the historic Kingdom of Strathclyde.

    https://www.strath.ac.uk/

    Project summary

    The OGTC is supporting the University of Strathclyde in developing the use of swarms of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for internal and external visual inspection. This includes the use of digital imaging techniques that will remove the need for an offshore NDT technician / inspector to conduct the initial inspection.

    Drone swarms, which are being rapidly adopted by the military and for logistics activities, could deliver a safe, flexible and cost-effective alternative to human inspection.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    LOCUST

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    4

    Potential Industry Value

    The autonomous visual inspection swarm of drones system has the potential to reduce the time taken to complete NII scopes on pressure vessels, instead assessing the initial visual inspection onshore, making it faster and safer; by removing the requirement for man entry into the vessel.

  • Sonomatic - Robotic Scanner

    Sonomatic - Robotic Scanner

    Project

    Sonomatic - Robotic Scanner

    Technology Organisation

    Sonomatic Ltd

    Sonomatic is a worldwide organisation whose expertise in ultrasonic inspection design, development and application, dates back more than 30 years to our roots in the nuclear sector. Today the company has widened its focus and provides proven yet pioneering services to customers in defence and power generation, but our largest client base is in the challenging oil and gas industry, both upstream and downstream.

    http://www.sonomatic.com

    Project summary

    Non-intrusive inspection (NII) of pressure vessels can deliver significant cost and safety benefits. Sonomatic's idea is to develop the next generation of robotic NII technology, with improved speed, agility and autonomy compared with existing systems. The robot, incorporating advanced inspection technologies, will help increase production uptime, reduce costs and improve efficiency.

    Challenge

    Asset Integrity

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Robotic Scanner

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    Due to previous projects supported by the OGTC the value to the industry for NII has been calculated to be in the region of £242m per annum. This project with help leverage this cost saving by providing a technology to further enable the adoption of NII.

  • Baillex Limited - Heavy Lift Vessel Availability Study

    Baillex Limited - Heavy Lift Vessel Availability Study

    Project

    Baillex Limited - Heavy Lift Vessel Availability Study

    Technology Organisation

    Baillex Limited

    Baillex Limited is an independent research-led company specialising in the provision of key data & information in support of the offshore oil & gas service and supply chain.

    https://www.baillex.com/

    Project summary

    The key objective of this study is to provide a detailed assessment of the levels of heavy lift activity in the NWECS region, through a combination of supply/demand scenarios through to 2025. These scenarios need to be placed in context to each other and their drivers as well as highlight the wider market supply/demand from other markets and potential bottlenecks or issues from compounded demand with moving schedules.

    Challenge

    Decommissioning

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    1

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Heavy Lift Vessel Availability Study

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    2

    Potential Industry Value

    A comparative market assessment of demand and supply pertaining to late-life and decommissioning offshore heavy lift, including drivers, market influencers, lift scenarios (inc. piece-small, multiple lift, single lift, campaigns), and the impact of other markets; supported by data on demand (projects), and supply (vessels).

  • ShareCat - UK Hub

    ShareCat - UK Hub

    Project

    ShareCat - UK Hub

    Technology Organisation

    ShareCat

    We're passionate about data at Sharecat. Since 1993 our customers have benefitted from our passion for what we can do with technical supplier information. The demanding oil & gas industry is where we got our start and road tested our solutions. We have worked closely with the largest operators in that industry, which has allowed our solutions to evolve and be proven.

    https://www.sharecat.com

    Project summary

    Sharecat Solutions have, with some of the UKCS's leading operators and contractors, co-developed a concept dubbed 'UK Hub'. The Hub will create business efficiencies and generate cost reductions by the centralisation and standardisation of a single unique set of supplier data to be used by all operators, contractors and suppliers.

    The Hub will enable greater collaboration between companies in the UKCS Oil and Gas Industry by collecting, validating and maintaining data and documents for equipment and parts during the procurement process in a standard format. This will create a single source of equipment information that can be shared across the industry.

    By enabling the re-use of supplier information, the Hub will dramatically reduce duplication of effort and as standardisation is ensured, information can be used to support many big data industry initiatives including joint inventories, surplus stock trading and maintenance trends etc.

    Challenge

    Digital Transformation

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    In-Progress

    Technology

    UK Hub - Shared supplier information repository for the UK Oil and Gas Industry

    Type

    Adopt

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    By enabling the re-use of supplier information, the Hub will dramatically reduce duplication of effort and enable equipment standardisation.

  • Tech27 - Fiivesense AI

    Tech27 - Fiivesense AI

    Project

    Tech27 - Fiivesense AI

    Technology Organisation

    Tech27

    Tech27 Systems is a technology solutions provider and engineering service company that uses advance computer systems, to deliver cutting-edge and cost-effective solutions to multiple industries, these include Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Defence, Heritage and infrastructure.

    http://www.tech27.com/

    Project summary

    We're supporting Tech27 to develop and trial an innovative artificially intelligent solution that reduces non-productive time for drilling operations, with the potential to save the UK oil and gas industry more than £20 million per year. The 'MindSet AI' system will monitor, alert and predict future outcomes to decrease non-productive time in Mobile Offshore Drilling Units. The technology will be delivered as a digital twin that will visually replicate the actual rig operation, providing predictive alerts through a visual interface. The project is also supported by an international drilling contractor who will provide data, personnel and systems during the development phase, with the solution then trialled offshore on their asset to evaluate its ability to detect and predict equipment failure.

    Challenge

    Digital Transformation

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Fiivesense AI

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    Using Futura AI will help identify anomalies and hidden trends that can feed into predictive maintenance regimes and help to avoid sudden equipment failures, reduce non productive time and help the client maximise asset utilisation.

  • Osokey - Seismic in the Cloud

    Osokey - Seismic in the Cloud

    Project

    Osokey - Seismic in the Cloud

    Technology Organisation

    Osokey Limited

    Osokey deliver cloud-based data management, collaboration & data analysis solutions to the energy industry.

    https://osokey.com/

    Project summary

    We are co-funding a project with a major North Sea operator and Osokey to develop seismic technology in the cloud. The project will transform the existing subsurface technical environment using Osokey's cloud expertise and innovations.

    This solution will deliver rapid data access, improved collaborative working and deliver greater workflow efficiency. The project will remove data duplication from subsurface workflows and enable new ways of working with seismic data.

    The project will use the Operator's 2D, 3D and pre-stack seismic to deliver a highly scalable data repository that can connect to cloud hosted workstations. By removing the constraints of restricted storage volumes and user hardware specifications, Osokey's innovations will drive greater productivity, connect global expertise with data and significantly reduce costs across the industry.

    Challenge

    Digital Transformation

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    In-Progress

    Technology

    Seismic in the Cloud

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    This project will drive greater productivity, connect global expertise with data and significantly reduce costs across the industry.

  • Return To Scene Ltd - Visual Positioning System

    Return To Scene Ltd - Visual Positioning System

    Project

    Return To Scene Ltd - Visual Positioning System

    Technology Organisation

    Return To Scene Ltd

    A powerful asset integrity and management solution, R2S Visual Asset Management (VAM) is increasingly finding application in other industry sectors to record and manage complex assets.

    http://www.r2s.co.uk/

    Project summary

    We are supporting Return to Scene (R2S), in collaboration with a major Operator, to develop an innovative Visual Positioning System which will allow people and machines to identify their location on complex offshore assets via data captured from wearable devices with cameras.

    The technology will help overcome the challenge of 'self location' without GPS, a challenge for the mainstream adoption of robotic technology and autonomous vehicles where there is no connectivity. The technology will improve the efficiency and safety of technicians, ROVs, and AUVs while operating in very difficult offshore conditions.

    As robotic technology and autonomous vehicles becomes more commonplace, the Visual Positioning Sysytem will enable this technology to be adopted for offshore use.

    Challenge

    Digital Transformation

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Visual Positioning System

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    This project will validate a Visual Positioning System solution to enable offshore adoption of robotic technologies, without the need for communications connectivity.

  • Spartan Solutions - Transforming oilfield equipment performance in mature basin

    Spartan Solutions - Transforming oilfield equipment performance in mature basin

    Project

    Spartan Solutions - Transforming oilfield equipment performance in mature basin

    Technology Organisation

    Spartan solutions

    Spartan's app store for operations, PHALANX, uses a combination of barcodes, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, smart phones and industrial handhelds to drive costs out of operations by removing the problems caused by data errors and inflexible business processes. Major companies in oil and gas, equipment management and utilities, now use Phalanx to manage their operations world-wide.

    http://www.spartansolutions.com/

    Project summary

    We're working with Spartan Solutions, in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde and a major operator, to develop a machine learning solution that will extend the productive life of oil and gas platforms and help maximise economic recovery from the UKCS.

    The project will combine existing equipment sensor data, Spartan's PHALANX mobile application and advanced algorithms, to develop a fully integrated solution for predictive maintenance and lifetime extension of oil and gas equipment.

    Spartan will develop and trial the technology using real data provided by the operator.

    Challenge

    Digital Transformation

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    In-Progress

    Technology

    Predictive maintenance system

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    The Project will develop technology to enable increasing production by reducing unexpected equipment failure and downtime, extend the lifespan of equipment and improve efficiency by eliminating unnecessary maintenance.

  • GirlingMcintosh - Well Risk Modeller

    GirlingMcintosh - Well Risk Modeller

    Project

    GirlingMcintosh - Well Risk Modeller

    Technology Organisation

    GirlingMcintosh

    Well engineering and integrity software specialists

    https://www.girlingmcintosh.com

    Project summary

    We are supporting Girling McIntosh, in collaboration with Premier Oil and TOTAL, to develop a well risk modelling software to give clear functional visualisation of well barrier elements, barriers and failures.

    The application will support objective assessment and management of well risks. An extension to already existing well integrity software packages, the tool is designed to give operators confidence that they are fully in control of the risks associated with their wells.

    The well risk modeller will deliver value to the industry by maximising production and eliminating needless well shut-ins resulting from overly conservative well integrity practices.

    Challenge

    Digital Transformation

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Well Risk Modeller

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    The Well Risk Modeller will eliminate inefficient risk assessments and reduce costs by optimising work schedules and improving safety.

  • Energective - AI-Driven Data Digitization & Image-based Reserves analytics:

    Energective - AI-Driven Data Digitization & Image-based Reserves analytics:

    Project

    Energective - AI-Driven Data Digitization & Image-based Reserves analytics:

    Technology Organisation

    Energective

    Energective helps oil and gas companies transform themselves through powerful data-driven techniques, making them more efficient and productive.

    https://www.energective.com/

    Project summary

    This project applies artifical intelligence technology to legacy data sources and integrates them into a trusted data base platform. The system will then automate petrophysics workflow analysis using unsupervised machine learning models on sample data to extract correlatable features.

    Nine operators have contributed data to enable Energective to prepare and compile digital data from the Northern North Sea area. The project team will develop, train and execute machine learning type analytics to identify missed 'pay zones' where additional reserves of hydrocarbons may exist.

    The enhanced data in digital format will allow analytics algorithms to be developed to help identify remaining exploration potential in the Northern North Sea area.

    Challenge

    Subsurface

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    8

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    AI-Driven Data Digitization & Image-based Reserves analytics:

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    This project will enable Artificial Intelligence techniques to be applied to existing seismic data, allowing for the identification of additional reserves or 'missed payload'.

  • Dataco Ltd - Data Conditioning - Applying Big Data Technologies

    Dataco Ltd - Data Conditioning - Applying Big Data Technologies

    Project

    Dataco Ltd - Data Conditioning - Applying Big Data Technologies

    Technology Organisation

    Dataco Ltd

    DataCo is one of the largest independent data and information management service companies to the global upstream oil & gas industry. Since founding in 2001, our company has grown significantly with the provision of services and solutions to many of the world's leading E&P companies.

    http://dataco-global.com

    Project summary

    We are supporting Dataco Ltd in their application of Advanced Machine Learning Methods & Technologies derived from consumer analytics techniques to determine Untapped Hydrocarbon Potential in the Northern North Sea.

    With the input of data donated from nine industry sponsors, Dataco plan to automate petrophysical characterisation of well logs and apply advanced analytics (a combination of artificial neural network and component analysis algorithms) to extract geological intervals of interest.

    Challenge

    Subsurface

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    8

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Data Conditioning - Applying Big Data Technologies

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    This project will produce the data in a digital format that will allow powerful analytics to be run that should help identify remaining exploration potential in the Northern North Sea area.

  • Merkle Aquila - Application of Advanced Machine Learning Methods & Technologies

    Merkle Aquila - Application of Advanced Machine Learning Methods & Technologies

    Project

    Merkle Aquila - Application of Advanced Machine Learning Methods & Technologies

    Technology Organisation

    Merkle Aquila

    Merkle Aquila is a data analytics company focused on extracting the maximum value from data, translating it into decisions which empower our clients to take better actions.

    http://www.aquilainsight.com/

    Project summary

    We are supporting Merkle Aquila in the application of advanced machine learning methods and technologies. Using data donated from nine industry sponsors, Merkle Aquila will determine untapped Hydrocarbon Potential in the Northern North Sea and propose to automate petrophysical characterisation of well logs and apply advanced analytics (a combination of artificial neural network and component analysis algorithms) to extract geological intervals of interest.

    The project will have significant impact to the industry, helping towards Maximise Economic Recovery objectives to revitalise information by producing a list of overlooked hydrocarbon pay zones, demonstrating the capabilities and value of machine learning on raw well data and enhancing the dataset stored in the National Data Repository.

    Challenge

    Subsurface

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    7

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Application of Advanced Machine Learning Methods & Technologies

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    The project will produce a list of overlooked hydrocarbon pay zones, demonstrating the capabilities and value of machine learning on raw well data and enhancing the dataset stored in the National Data Repository.

  • Ambrit - Technically Defensible Flow Measurement

    Ambrit - Technically Defensible Flow Measurement

    Project

    Ambrit - Technically Defensible Flow Measurement

    Technology Organisation

    Ambrit

    Ambrit is a leading provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry, combining a wealth of expertise in the hydrocarbon industry with over 20 years of developing innovative software technologies.

    http://www.ambrit.com

    Project summary

    We are supporting Ambrit, with support from a major Operator, to develop a small real time measurement tool (gateway computer) that can be fitted to legacy equipment and provide real time flow measurements, analyse the data locally before securely transferring this to enterprise based systems onshore. The overall project objective is to provide a solution to gathering real time data and event reporting by exception from legacy instrumentation in the field. This data will be made available to users across process and enterprise networks, allowing industry to collect and analyse real time data to establish the accuracy of custody transfer flow measurement. The proposed solution has the potential to significantly the number of 'mis-measurements' in joint custody pipelines resulting in significant savings associated with legal disputes and tax corrections.

    Challenge

    Digital Transformation

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    2

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Technically Defensible Flow Measurement

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    This technology has the potential to significantly reduce the number of 'mis-measurements' in 'joint custody' pipelines resulting in significant savings associated with legal disputes and tax corrections.

  • Wearable Technologies Limited - Elesken Connected Worker Platform

    Wearable Technologies Limited - Elesken Connected Worker Platform

    Project

    Wearable Technologies Limited - Elesken Connected Worker Platform

    Technology Organisation

    Wearable Technologies Limited

    Real-time connected worker platform to improve industrial safety.

    http://wearable.technology

    Project summary

    We are supporting Wearable Technologies Limited in the development of the Elesken Connected Worker Platform to re-engineer the existing WTL electronics loom (contained within its smart garments), the external connectors and the personal hub to be ATEX compliant.

    Technically feasible, due to the developing of already existing hardware and software base, Wearable Technologies will extend the Connected Worker Platform to be an Oil and Gas ready enterprise solution by focusing on ATEX certification, software platform development and field trials deploying the technology into the industry's more hazardous areas, for example, offshore rigs and platforms.

    It is believed that the technology has the potential to generate millions of annual savings in addition to filling a definite need in the UKCS industry for a connected worker hardware and software platform.

    Challenge

    Digital Transformation

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    7

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Elesken Connected Worker Platform

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    The project will enable smarter connected worker technology to be widely adopted offshore, having gone through the process of ATEX compliance.

  • Exnics - Chrysaor Everest Field Trial

    Exnics - Chrysaor Everest Field Trial

    Project

    Exnics - Chrysaor Everest Field Trial

    Technology Organisation

    Exnics

    Exnics build systems to provide greater insight into the performance of oil and gas assets that lead directly to enhanced production performance. Solutions are created through their own research and development.

    https://www.exnics.com

    Project summary

    Exnics is developing a low cost, low power, non-intrusive and retrofittable subsea tool for determining multi-phase production flowrates from subsea wells.

    This solution has the potential to monitor flows and therefore provide production optimisation capabilities, improving economic recovery while reducing cost.

    Along with a major Operator, the OGTC is supporting a field trial of the system on a North Sea Asset.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Chrysaor Everest Field Trial

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    This is a low-cost, non-intrusive flow monitoring device that - based on the Subsea Production Measurement - could deliver £500million savings over a single year; based on Subsea Production Measurement Study findings.

  • EC-OG - Subsea Power Hub

    EC-OG - Subsea Power Hub

    Project

    EC-OG - Subsea Power Hub

    Technology Organisation

    EC-OG (East Coast Oil and Gas Ltd)

    Leaders in Subsea Energy Conversion, Storage and Delivery. From its inception in 2013, EC-OG has built a reputation for excellent customer service through the delivery of professional engineering services. Being at the forefront of subsea technology, the team at EC-OG are currently working on the commercialisation of the innovative Subsea Power Hub.

    http://www.ec-og.com

    Project summary

    We are supporting EC-OG to undertake FEED work for a North Sea field trial focusing on the in place Subsea Power Hub (SPH) design, optimised deployment procedure and de-risking the installation and operational phases. The Subsea Power Hub is a ground-breaking turbine system which harnesses the energy within ocean currents to produce autonomous electrical power for multiple applications.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Subsea Power Hub

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    5

  • Crondall Energy -Facility of the Future - multi-partner study

    Crondall Energy -Facility of the Future - multi-partner study

    Project

    Crondall Energy -Facility of the Future - multi-partner study

    Technology Organisation

    Crondall Energy Subsea Ltd

    Crondall Energy is a leading independent oil and gas consultancy, offering strategic, commercial & technical services to floating production & subsea projects.

    http://www.crondall-energy.com

    Project summary

    International oil and gas firms have joined forces to explore whether a new reusable production buoy concept could help extend North Sea production by unlocking smaller oil and gas reservoirs.

    The multi-partner study has been initiated by FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) and Subsea specialists, Crondall Energy, who developed the technology and will be led and managed by Crondall's subsidiary, Buoyant Production Technologies Ltd. It will explore the feasibility of a floating 'Normally Unattended Installation' (NUI) as a stand-alone oil production facility for marginal fields in a North Sea environment and kicks-off the Technology Centre's recently-announced 'Facility of the Future' initiative.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Facility of the Future

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    4

    Potential Industry Value

    The project is part of the 'Facility of the Future' initiative, the concept of a reusable production buoy could help unlock marginal field potential and radically reduce the capital expenditure and operating costs associated with smaller field development plans. The technology also helps reduce decommissioning costs and contributes towards a circular economy approach to offshore field development.

  • Exnics - Subsea flow surveillance

    Exnics - Subsea flow surveillance

    Project

    Exnics - Subsea flow surveillance

    Technology Organisation

    Exnics

    Exnics build systems to provide greater insight into the performance of oil and gas assets that lead directly to enhanced production performance. Solutions are created through their own research and development.

    https://www.exnics.com

    Project summary

    Exnics is developing a low cost, low power, non-intrusive and retrofittable subsea tool for determining multi-phase production flowrates from subsea wells.

    The system is installed onto a production spool and utilizes a low power laser to monitor minute variances in the pipe from which the flow parameters are determined.  With no current non-intrusive technologies on the market, when proven the Exnics Subsea Flow Surveillance System could be the first.

    This presents significant CAPEX reduction over existing metering technologies.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    Completed

    Technology

    Retrofit Subsea Flow Meter

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    This presents significant CAPEX reduction over existing metering technologies.

  • Premier Oil - PB3 PowerBuoy feasibility study - Phase 1

    Premier Oil - PB3 PowerBuoy feasibility study - Phase 1

    Project

    Premier Oil - PB3 PowerBuoy feasibility study - Phase 1

    Technology Organisation

    Premier Oil

    Premier Oil plc is a leading independent exploration and production company with oil and gas interests in the North Sea, South East Asia, the Falkland Islands, and Latin America.

    http://www.premier-oil.com/

    Project summary

    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 Powerbuoy 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.

    The successful study paved the way for a field trial in 2018.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    OPT Wave Power

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    Feasibility study leading to a field trial.

  • Premier Oil - PB3 PowerBuoy feasibility study - Phase 2

    Premier Oil - PB3 PowerBuoy feasibility study - Phase 2

    Project

    Premier Oil - PB3 PowerBuoy feasibility study - Phase 2

    Technology Organisation

    Premier Oil

    Premier Oil plc is a leading independent exploration and production company with oil and gas interests in the North Sea, South East Asia, the Falkland Islands, and Latin America.

    http://www.premier-oil.com/

    Project summary

    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. The successful study paved the way for a field trial in 2018.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    OPT Wave Power

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

  • Subsea 7 Limited - Composite Bundle Spacer

    Subsea 7 Limited - Composite Bundle Spacer

    Project

    Subsea 7 Limited - Composite Bundle Spacer

    Technology Organisation

    Subsea 7 Limited

    Subsea 7 is a world-leading seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services contractor to the offshore energy industry.We provide cost-effective technical solutions to enable the delivery of complex projects in all water depths and challenging environments.

    http://subsea7.com

    Project summary

    We are supporting Subsea7, in collaboration with the National Composite Centre (NCC), to develop, prototype and test a composite replacement of a conventional steel part found in subsea applications, that will be tested in situ in another project in the North of Scotland.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Composite Bundle Spacer

    Type

    Adapt

    Target TRL

    9

    Potential Industry Value

    This project champions the use of composite materials to replace heavy steel, reducing production costs and the weight of pipeline bundles.

  • Jee - MASS Intrepid

    Jee - MASS Intrepid

    Project

    Jee - MASS Intrepid

    Technology Organisation

    Jee Ltd

    Jee Ltd has been providing subsea engineering and training to the oil and gas industry since 1988. Founded by Trevor Jee as an independent pipeline engineering consultancy, we have offices in Aberdeen and Tonbridge and a team of experienced staff and contract engineers. We also work with vetted contractors which means we can scale up quickly to manage larger projects.

    http://www.jee.co.uk/

    Project summary

    We are working with Jee to develop MASS (Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship) Intrepid - an unmanned hydrographic survey boat which will be deployed for external inspections of existing subsea pipelines, and route surveys for planned pipelines, in the water depths of 3m - 30m.

    The project is building on R&D over the past four years by Jee, in collaboration with Dynautics and Swathe Services. Phase 1 of the project will integrate previously field-proven sub-systems, and will expand the endurance capability.

    A Southern North Sea proof-of-concept field trial has already been identified with a major operator, with commercialisation of the technology expected within 12 months.

    The technology would be the first over-the-horizon seabed survey system for offshore industries and has the potential to halve the cost of equivalent manned surveys.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    MASS Beagle

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    6

    Potential Industry Value

    The technology would be the first over-the-horizon seabed survey system for offshore industries and has the potential to halve the cost of equivalent manned surveys.

  • Jee - MASS Intrepid

    Jee - MASS Intrepid

    Project

    Jee - MASS Intrepid

    Technology Organisation

    Jee Ltd

    Jee Ltd has been providing subsea engineering and training to the oil and gas industry since 1988. Founded by Trevor Jee as an independent pipeline engineering consultancy, we have offices in Aberdeen and Tonbridge and a team of experienced staff and contract engineers. We also work with vetted contractors which means we can scale up quickly to manage larger projects.

    http://www.jee.co.uk/

    Project summary

    We are working with Jee to develop MASS (Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship) Intrepid - an unmanned hydrographic survey boat which will be deployed for external inspections of existing subsea pipelines, and route surveys for planned pipelines, in the water depths of 3m - 30m.

    The project is building on R&D over the past four years by Jee, in collaboration with Dynautics and Swathe Services. Phase 1 of the project will integrate previously field-proven sub-systems, and will expand the endurance capability.

    A Southern North Sea proof-of-concept field trial has already been identified with a major operator, with commercialisation of the technology expected within 12 months.

    The technology would be the first over-the-horizon seabed survey system for offshore industries and has the potential to halve the cost of equivalent manned surveys.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    MASS Beagle

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    6

  • Pragma - High temperature downhole steam injection valve

    Pragma - High temperature downhole steam injection valve

    Project

    Pragma - High temperature downhole steam injection valve

    Technology Organisation

    Pragma Well Technology

    Advanced Production Technologies for the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry. Pragma collaborates with operating companies around the world to reduce costs, increase production and improve oil and gas recovery.

    https://www.pragma-well.com/

    Project summary

    We're supporting Pragma Well Technology and Pharis Energy to develop a high temperature downhole safety valve, which could help dramatically increase recovery rates in marginal developments.

    Offshore steam injection requires the development of a downhole safety valve which is rated for steam injection temperatures, which are in excess of 300ºC. In order to ensure well integrity and to comply with all necessary regulations, Pragma will design, build and certify a pair of valves.

    This work has the potential to unlock the widespread application of steam flooding offshore and enable the development of heavy oil fields, which have so far been deemed too marginal to attract investment.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    1

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    High Temperature DSIV

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    3

    Potential Industry Value

    Feasibility study and subsequent prototype build of a reliable downhole high tempreture steam inject valve. This project could help unlock the production potential of heavy oil reservoirs offshore.

  • University of Manchester - Conflict & Collaboration in O&G

    University of Manchester - Conflict & Collaboration in O&G

    Project

    University of Manchester - Conflict & Collaboration in O&G

    Technology Organisation

    University of Manchester

    The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, with outstanding facilities and the widest range of courses. We are highly respected across the globe as a centre of teaching excellence and innovative research.

    https://www.manchester.ac.uk/

    Project summary

    We are supporting the University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) in collaboration with Robert Gordan University (RGU) to analyse and identify the barriers to adopting a plug and play approach to field developments, a key aspect to a subsea circular economy. They will investigate industrial culture and organisational behaviour to help identify ways to foster collaboration within the oil & gas industry.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    0

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Conflict & Collaboration in O&G

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    0

  • EIP - Ambient Lifter

    EIP - Ambient Lifter

    Project

    EIP - Ambient Lifter

    Technology Organisation

    EIP

    Ecosse IP Limited is a subsea technology developer and offshore engineering consultancy specialising in Oil and Gas, Offshore Wind, Wave and Tidal industries.

    https://www.ecosse-ip.com/

    Project summary

    We are funding the trial of Ecosse IP's Ambient Lifter technology in Stonehaven harbour, to demonstrate the lift capabilities in an operational environment. The USP is a controllable, subsea lifting device, which is designed around the Archimedes Principle, that can be used to raise and move heavy subsea infrastructure.

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Vision

    -

    Entry TRL

    4

    Field Trial

    Completed

    Technology

    Ambient Lifter

    Type

    -

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    The development of an intrinsically safe, low cost subsea lifting technology will reduce operating costs in decommissioning projects.

  • DeltaTek Global - SeaCure cementing system

    DeltaTek Global - SeaCure cementing system

    Project

    DeltaTek Global - SeaCure cementing system

    Technology Organisation

    Deltatek Global

    Deltatek Global was established in response to growing industry demand for efficiently implemented, intelligent, cost saving and risk reducing products to the Oil & Gas Drilling industry.

    http://www.deltatekglobal.com

    Project summary

    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 aims to 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.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    5

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    SeaCure : Cement Optimisation Tool

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    7

    Potential Industry Value

    SeaCure Cementing has been shown to provide a time saving of approximately 4 hours from every subsea well and up to 36 hours for many subsea wells. This equates to a cost based value proposition of between £75,000 up to £1M per SeaCure cement job. With around 20 Subsea wells drilled per year in the UKCS a 20% uptake would result in a saving of between £150K to £2M.

  • SPEX Corporate Holding Limited - Energetics based tubing cutter

    SPEX Corporate Holding Limited - Energetics based tubing cutter

    Project

    SPEX Corporate Holding Limited - Energetics based tubing cutter

    Technology Organisation

    SPEX Corporate Holding Limited

    Formed in 2009, SPEX has rapidly developed as a specialised service provider and innovator of energetics products.

    http://www.spex-innovation.com/

    Project summary

    We're working with SPEX to develop a technology that removes large sections of casing and any associated cement back to the formation to allow the installation of a permanent barrier for well P&A . The technique may also have applicability for cutting windows for sidetracks and slot recovery.

    Challenge

    Wells

    Vision

    Fix Today

    Entry TRL

    3

    Field Trial

    No

    Technology

    Energetics based tubing cutter

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    By using this tool, it is expected to save around 5-20 days of rig time per well. This could also be deployed riglessly. 1400 wells over 10 years and 10% application. Gives 14 wells per year. Saving average 10 days at £200k/day

  • Earth Science Analytics - Data Analytics - Machine Learning Approach to Petroleum Geoscience:

    Earth Science Analytics - Data Analytics - Machine Learning Approach to Petroleum Geoscience:

    Project

    Earth Science Analytics - Data Analytics - Machine Learning Approach to Petroleum Geoscience:

    Technology Organisation

    Earth Science Analytics

    Earth Science Analytics aims to improve exploration and production success for clients by providing geoscience-driven data-analytics software, database solutions and data-driven workflows for better understanding of sub-surface uncertainty.

    https://earthanalytics.ai

    Project summary

    We are supporting Earth Science Analytics in their use of machine learning algorithms to conduct analysis on the Northern North Sea area. The project will use data from approximately 7000 wells, with nine industry sponsors donating appropriate data. Earth Science Analytics will run log-data with core and/or computer processed interpretation data through machine learning models. The result will be enhanced reporting on porosity, permeability, lithology, facies association, porosity and saturation logs as well as reservoir and identification of potential additional hydrocarbon reserves. The project could potentially have significant impact to the industry, helping towards Maximising Economic Recovery objectives.

    Challenge

    Subsurface

    Vision

    Maximise Recovery

    Entry TRL

    6

    Field Trial

    Planned

    Technology

    Data Analytics - Machine Learning Approach to Petroleum Geoscience:

    Type

    Develop

    Target TRL

    8

    Potential Industry Value

    The project will revitalise exploration by producing a list of overlooked hydrocarbon pay zones, demonstrating the capabilities and value of machine learning on raw well data and enhancing the dataset stored in the National Data Repository.