Solutions

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.

  • Subsea Power Hub

    Subsea Power Hub

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    OGTC

    Marginal Developments

    5

    5

    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.

    Field trial

    No

  • Thermite plug

    Thermite plug

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Spirit Energy

    Wells

    7

    8

    Project summary

    We have worked with Interwell and Spirit Energy to successfully field-trial a well plugging and abandonment technology that could deliver up to £100 million cost-savings per year. Interwell’s thermite tool melts materials in the wellbore, forming an impermeable seal in the well, which may lead to future use as a barrier for abandonment. This simplifies well abandonment and with further testing and development, may provide an alternative to traditional abandonment techniques.

    The new technique to plug and abandon oil and gas wells was successfully tested for the first time in Europe by Spirit Energy in Caythorpe, Yorkshire, on an onshore gas well.

    The results will be shared within a collaboration group that has been initiated amongst UK operators committed to sharing deployment information and working together to establish testing and verification requirements to gain regulator acceptance for the technology as a permanent barrier.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • Acoustic Telemetry System

    Acoustic Telemetry System

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Wells

    5

    7

    We’re supporting Raptor Oil to transform the transmission of downhole drilling data to the surface. The company’s acoustic telemetry technology could increase the speed and capacity of data communication helping to drive efficiency, reduce costs and enable better decision-making. Industry is supporting this technology as a critical element to developing fully automated operations where data drives the automated decision-making process.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development

    Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    OGTC

    Asset Integrity

    3

    6

    Project summary

    We’re working with Air Control Entech (ACE) to deliver a step change in the capability and functionality of UAVs for the remote inspection of oil and gas facilities. These advanced drones could be 20 times faster than traditional inspection techniques and reduce costs by 50% in comparison to rope access methods as well as improving safety due to no man entry being required. The project has delivered three new UAVs – live stream, ultrasonic testing and 3D laser scanning – with the next phase developing a UAV for confined spaces.

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

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Improved Safety
    • Risk Reduction
  • Actuator Safety Gauntlet

    Actuator Safety Gauntlet

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Asset Integrity

    2

    8

    Project summary

    In partnership with Infinity, we’re developing a product which could diffuse “ticking time bombs” on oil platforms and save UK operators more than £320 million.

    Infinity’s actuator safety gauntlet is akin to a “bullet proof bag” which can be fitted over actuators that have fallen into poor condition offshore, making them safe. The gauntlet is intended for single use, but the material could be recycled depending on the level of damage caused by an actuator blowout.

    Actuators are automated devices used to open and close valves and contain massive amounts of “stored energy”.

    If they break, the powerful springs inside them can eject components at high velocity, which could cause fatal injuries and damage equipment.

    Several safety cases relating to actuator failures have been reported in recent years.

    The actuator gauntlet is made of layers of Kevlar inside a water-tight, UV-resistant bag. Developed from scratch in 10 months, it has a patent pending and has been granted a technical qualification by Lloyd’s Register.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction
    • Cost Avoidance

    Non-economic value

    • Improved Safety
    • Risk Reduction
  • Robotic scanner

    Robotic scanner

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    OGTC

    Asset Integrity

    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.

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Increased production efficiency
    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Improved Safety
    • Risk Reduction
  • Robotic telepresence NDE

    Robotic telepresence NDE

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    OGTC

    Asset Integrity

    3

    6

    Project summary

    We’re working with the University of Strathclyde to develop 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.

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Increased production efficiency
    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Improved Safety
    • Risk Reduction
  • EonCoat trial

    EonCoat trial

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Total E&P UK

    Asset Integrity

    9

    9

    Project summary

    We’re working with SPi Performance Coatings to 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. A field trial has already been completed on Total E&P UK’s Elgin platform and further field trials are planned for later in 2018.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • LOCUST

    LOCUST

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    OGTC

    Asset Integrity

    2

    5

    Project summary

    We’re supporting the University of Strathclyde in the use of swarms of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for visual inspection offshore. 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.

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Increased production efficiency
    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Improved Safety
    • Risk Reduction
  • Xclude reservoir barrier

    Xclude reservoir barrier

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Wells

    5

    8

    Project summary

    Aubin has developed the Xclude chemical plug, which isolates flow from the reservoir by plugging the near wellbore pore space using scale precipitation. Benefits of using a chemical application for impeding well flow over traditional plugging methods include the ability to deliver the treatment through restricted or challenging access routes.

    Xclude will be trialled in an offshore well for the first time to demonstrate its ability to isolate flow in a deployment scenario.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • Multi-barrier wellbore integrity inspection system

    Multi-barrier wellbore integrity inspection system

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    OGTC

    Wells

    3

    6

    Project summary

    We’re working with Baker Hughes, a GE company to develop a technology that delivers cement logging through multiple casing strings, improving on existing solutions which deliver logging behind only one casing or tubular.

    The advantage of this technology is that it could eliminate the requirement to remove tubing to verify barrier integrity. Leaving tubing downhole to access critical well conditions prior to abandonment would reduce uncertainty, enabling optimised planning of abandonment campaigns, reducing cost and time through unlocking more rigless opportunities.

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • Downhole metal sealing technology - material characterisation

    Downhole metal sealing technology - material characterisation

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Wells

    5

    7

    Project summary

    BiSN is developing a new approach to well plug and abandonment based on its Wel-lok M2M™ technology. The goal of this novel P&A technology is to reduce plugging and abandoning costs by providing a guaranteed seal with a cost-effective deployment mechanism.

    The Technology Centre and industry are supporting material verification tests to assist in the verification and acceptance of the technology. Validating this technology as a suitable barrier would have significant impact on abandonment costs, reducing the need for tubular removal across a large proportion of wells in the UKCS and enabling the use of an intervention vessel or platform-based activity instead of a rig.

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • Flow prediction for well plugging and abandonment

    Flow prediction for well plugging and abandonment

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Wells

    2

    5

    Project summary

    Based on the outputs from 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 different barrier materials.

  • Micro-annuli and migration pathway sealing technology

    Micro-annuli and migration pathway sealing technology

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    OGTC

    Wells

    2

    4

    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.

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • Subsea flow surveillance

    Subsea flow surveillance

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Marginal Developments

    3

    5

    Project summary

    We're supporting 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 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.

    The technology is currently being trialled topsides by a major North Sea operator, with a subsea deployment to follow later in the year.

    Field trial

    Yes

  • SEER statistical common root cause analysis

    SEER statistical common root cause analysis

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Digital Transformation

    4

    9

    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 diagnosis of the major equipment trips, 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.

  • Well Intelligence

    Well Intelligence

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Digital Transformation

    4

    8

    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.

  • Asset healthcare and diligence assessment

    Asset healthcare and diligence assessment

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Digital Transformation

    4

    6

    Project summary

    OPEX, with our support, are developing and trialling a new data analytics driven assurance service that utilises historical operational and OEM data to provide a detailed quantitative assessment of an asset’s health and condition.

    This will overcome the challenge for Operators buying or inheriting legacy assets who do not have a comprehensive understanding of the health, condition and/or level of operational risk within the topside facilities.

    This technology will be a repeatable service, providing quick and cost-effective visibility of the health of an asset and allow them to optimise the management and maintenance of any risks, generating substantial cost savings.

  • Identifying human risk in the oil and gas industry

    Identifying human risk in the oil and gas industry

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Digital Transformation

    4

    6

    Project summary

    We're working with OPEX to strengthen efforts in the field of safety in offshore operations through the application of predictive technologies.

    By using behavioural diagnostics, psychology and advanced data analysis techniques, the project will establish whether predictive technologies and data science can accurately identify, measure and predict areas of behavioural risk in the offshore environment.

    This is currently an untapped opportunity and if successful, has the potential for significant mitigation of the human risks that exist in the offshore workplace and greatly strengthen the safety and predictability of offshore operations.

  • C-Beaver Phase 1- Technical, Economic, Legal, Operational and Scheduling (‘TELOS’) study

    C-Beaver Phase 1- Technical, Economic, Legal, Operational and Scheduling (‘TELOS’) study

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Decommissioning

    4

    4

    Project summary

    3-Sci Ltd is conducting a ‘TELOS’ (Technical, Economic, Legal, Operational and Scheduling) feasibility study, with our support.

    The study, which is being conducted over a 14-week period, will explore a new method of removing subsea metallic structures, by a technique of accelerated corrosion, which can cut or fully dissolve steel, alleviating the unwanted costs and environmental impacts of leaving quantities of steel subsea or returning them to shore.

    The technology has the potential to increase the rate at which steel is currently eliminated, creating a reduction in time and cost efficiency.

  • Jacket buoyancy recovery

    Jacket buoyancy recovery

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Decommissioning

    2

    3

    Project summary

    We are supporting Ardent’s development efforts to apply their best practices in removing Jacket structures using Buoyancy Systems to float-off and tow jacket structures, to a reception facility for disposal.

    The buoyancy float and tow techniques successfully applied in the marine sector, are being further refined to be suitable for the oil and gas industry and allow onshore demolition at UK decommissioning yards, with draft limited quaysides.

    This technology could have significant potential cost efficiencies in the removal of jacket structures, across the North Sea and other regions where decommissioning activities are planned.

  • Mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection

    Mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Asset Integrity

    5

    6

    Project summary

    Robots could soon be working autonomously alongside humans on a North Sea platform as part of a world-first project from the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Total E&P (Total) and taurob, in partnership with Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt).

    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 and TU Darmstadt 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.

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • UK Hub

    UK Hub

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Digital Transformation

    6

    8

    Project summary

    Sharecat Solutions have, with some of the UKCS’s leading operators and contractors, co-developed a concept ‘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 once 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. The validated information can also feed directly into a company’s existing functions such as asset integrity, engineering and ERP systems.

  • Automated pipe end preparation

    Automated pipe end preparation

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Marginal Developments

    2

    3

    Project summary

    This project demonstrates an alternative to the current available manual solutions for pipe end preparation, which have limitations regarding productivity and/or ease of use in production. Subsea 7 is conducting a feasibility study to demonstrate automated pipe preparation and its acceptability. We are providing support for the design of the application and to develop sensor array required to locate and confirm acceptability of the completed process/ product. The technology has the potential to release personnel to other significant tasks where appropriate, improve safety, quality and consistency.

  • Standardised tie-back bundle

    Standardised tie-back bundle

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Project summary

    We’re supporting Flexlife, and its partners Proserv, Infinity, DeepOcean and Axis, to develop a standardised tie-back bundle, with integrated pipeline and umbilical, and a subsea manifold that can be reused between field developments. A standardised bundle could simplify the design and manufacture of small pool field developments, bringing them online quicker and reducing costs.

    Field trial

    No

  • RapidPipe

    RapidPipe

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Project summary

    We’re working with Marine Direct Consultants to certify the company’s RapidPipe system, which provides a robust, reusable mechanical connection system for rigid flowlines. With the ability to recover and reuse flowlines, the system will help lower manufacturing costs and reduce installation time.

    Field trial

    No

  • Smart Modular Power Network

    Smart Modular Power Network

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Project summary

    We’re working with Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh University and industry to transform how electrical power is delivered subsea. The smart, modular power network will increase reliability, reduce maintenance requirements, and provide improved flexibility for installation, operation and reuse.

    Field trial

    No

  • Fostering Collaboration for Small Pools

    Fostering Collaboration for Small Pools

    Challenge

    Marginal Developments

    Project summary

    We’re supporting a research project at Robert Gordon University and Alliance Manchester Business School, which will identify the barriers to adopting a plug and play approach to field developments. The project will examine various aspects, such as industrial culture and organisational behaviour to help foster collaboration within the oil and gas industry.

    Field trial

    No

  • KnowHow and RBLX Software

    KnowHow and RBLX Software

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Asset Integrity

    2

    2

    Project Summary

    The OGTC have brought together two technology developers, Apollo and Lifetech to work in collaboration to create an innovative data management solution which has the potential to increase efficiency by 20%.

    The two individual software applications being developed have now 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.

    It will be the only software on the market that can provide the full integrity management lifestyle solution, with the ability to replace multi legacy data management systems.

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • Trac-Tec Tool

    Trac-Tec Tool

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Asset Integrity

    4

    8

    Project summary

    We are supporting Trac and Tooltec to develop and trial a subsea cleaning and inspection tool that can be remotely deployed from the platform, to clean and inspect all types, sizes and configurations of caissons and conductors in the area immediately above and below sea level or ‘splash zone’.

    This innovative solution will provide significant cost savings to the industry by eliminating the need for support vessels for caisson and conductor inspections. The system will also allow higher quality inspection data to be obtained improving the integrity of caissons and conductors. This will enable more frequent inspection campaigns and the proactive development of appropriate and cost-effective remediation plans, if required.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Improved Safety
    • Risk Reduction
  • CAN-ductor UK feasibility study

    CAN-ductor UK feasibility study

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Siccar Point Energy
    Maersk Oil
    Nexen
    Shell Energy

    Wells

    7

    7

    We're working with Maersk Oil, Nexen, Shell, Siccar Point Energy and TechnipFMC to undertake a study on soil mechanics and structural integrity for the Neodrill's Can-ductor system, the next evolutionary development in well foundation. The technology is based on transferring well loads to near seabed soils via a large diameter, short cylinder. Installed by a vessel prior to rig arrival, the technology has the potential to reduce the time spent on each well by 2-5 days, through removing drilling, conductor running and cementing operations.

    The study will examine the results from CAN installations performed so far and will assess its suitability in non-clay seabed soils, explore the potential to safely drill out a pre-installed shorter conductor (CAN-ductor) to provide structural support for top-hole well construction and perform basic finite element analyses to demonstrate its load and bending capacities, as well as fatigue management.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • FibreLine Intervention

    FibreLine Intervention

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Wells

    6

    7

    Project summary

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

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Enhanced Production Efficiency

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • Downhole metal sealing technology – field trial

    Downhole metal sealing technology – field trial

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Wells

    7

    8

    Project summary

    We’re working with 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.

    The 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.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • SeaCure cementing system

    SeaCure cementing system

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Chevron
    Siccar Point Energy

    Wells

    5

    6

    Project summary

    We're working with DeltaTek Global to trial the company's pionneering subsea cementing system, which delivers stabbed in inner string cementing for subsea wells, providing significant time and cost benefits.

    The technology was successfully deployed onshore in ‘proof of concept’ trials in April at an onshore test well at Frank’s International’s Aberdeen base. This summer, by three offshore trials will take place in live North Sea wells operated by Chevron and Siccar Point Energy, down to a water depth of 5,000ft.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • Wireless downhole safety valve

    Wireless downhole safety valve

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Awaiting approval

    Wells

    5

    7

    Project summary

    We're working with Tendeka to demonstrate a 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 and further development is 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.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Enhanced Production Efficiency

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • PowerBuoy™ deployment

    PowerBuoy™ deployment

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Marginal Developments

    8

    8

    Project summary

    We're co-funding Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. to supply a PowerBuoy™ for a deployment in the Huntington Field, one of Premier Oil’s offshore fields in the Central North Sea.

    The OPT PowerBuoy™ will be deployed in the Central North Sea and will serve as a self-sustaining intelligent platform to provide communications and remote monitoring services. During the deployment, Premier Oil will explore the PowerBuoy™ capabilities and its ability to monitor the local environment and alert shipping of its position.

    The project represents the first time that a wave power device is being deployed on the UKCS on an oil and gas development.

    Field trial

    Yes

    Economic value

    • Cost reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk reduction
  • MASS Intrepid

    MASS Intrepid

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Marginal Developments

    5

    6

    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.

    Field trial

    Yes

  • Casing removal technology

    Casing removal technology

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Wells

    2

    6

    Project summary

    We’re working with SPEX to develop a technology that removes casing and any associated cement back to the formation to allow the installation of a permanent barrier.

    The technology 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 and increasing the number of rigless abandonment opportunities.

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Cost Reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk Reduction
  • Transforming equipment performance in a mature basin

    Transforming equipment performance in a mature basin

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Digital Transformation

    4

    8

    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.

    The technology aims to increase production by reducing unexpected equipment failure and downtime, extend the lifespan of equipment and improve efficiency by eliminating unnecessary maintenance.

    Field trial

    No

  • Artificial intelligence in well design

    Artificial intelligence in well design

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Wells

    2

    3

    Project summary

    Scientists are aiming to harness the collective ‘brain’ 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.     

    Field trial

    No

    Economic value

    • Cost reduction

    Non-economic value

    • Risk reduction
  • High temperature downhole steam injection valve

    High temperature downhole steam injection valve

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Marginal Developments

    1

    3

    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.

    Field trial

    Yes

  • Seismic in the cloud

    Seismic in the cloud

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Digital Transformation

    2

    7

    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.

  • Facility of the Future - multi-partner study

    Facility of the Future - multi-partner study

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Premier Oil
    Total E&P UK
    Lloyd's Register
    Siemens
    Wärtsilä
    Ampelmann
    BW Offshore

    Marginal Developments

    3

    4

    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.

    The partners will evaluate a generic opportunity for a field in the Northern North Sea, in 150m water depth, producing 20,000 bopd of oil with a low to medium gas oil ratio.  They will also evaluate how the lessons learned from this case study can be applied more widely in the development of North Sea marginal fields with, for example, a minimally manned compact FPSO.

    The study will be conducted in two phases over eight months, evaluating the technical and commercial feasibility of the concepts developed. 

    Field trial

    No

  • Reducing non-productive time in drilling operations with AI

    Reducing non-productive time in drilling operations with AI

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    Digital Transformation

    4

    7

    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.

    Field trial

    Yes

  • Downhole electronic activation platform

    Downhole electronic activation platform

    Industry sponsors:

    Challenge

    Entry TRL

    Target TRL

    OGTC

    Wells

    6

    7

    Project summary

    We’re working with 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.

    During drilling and completions activity, some downhole tools (e.g. Multi function Circulating Subs or Reamers) are typically activated using balls and darts which are dropped through the drillpipe or tubing. These systems usually have a maximum of eight activations and can take considerable time for the balls to seat and eventually activate the tool. In some cases, a round trip of the BHA will be required to empty the ball chamber before the tool can be used again. Balls and darts are also unreliable in high inclination and horizontal wells.

    IDT’s downhole electronic activation platform (DEAP) replaces conventional activation methods. DEAP is an electronic, programmable sub that can be “ downlinked” to from the surface using its onboard sensors. Downlinks can be performed using either drill string RPM, mud pulses or a combination of both depending on the application. This activates its motor drive which can be adapted to activate any downhole tool. Depending on the application, the system can deliver countless activations that take only six minutes regardless of well depth or inclination. This represents significant efficiencies and cost savings to operators.

    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.