Cavitas Energy engaged with OGIC and the University of Strathclyde to develop a downhole deployable device that will produce heated fluid or steam within the wellbore of injection wells, or could be used as a bypass fluid heater in production wells. The device has enhanced oil recovery applications in primarily heavy oil environments. As downhole Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) devices utilizing mechanical heating mechanisms are not currently offered within the market, this technology is a unique offering and fits neatly into the oil industry’s requirement for technology innovation.

Subsea Expo is the world’s largest subsea exhibition and conference. Following the success of the previous two years OGIC will again be hosting an innovation zone at Subsea Expo 2018, offering developers and universities a cost effective way to exhibit.

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) have joined forces to fund and support the development of innovations which could reduce costs, raise production efficiency, and improve safety and environmental performance. OGIC has made £1 million available to support companies with projects that require research and development to be undertaken at a Scottish university. OGIC can fund up to 70% of these costs and ITF can potentially ‘top-up’ financial support if an innovative project engages the interest of its members.

The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre has signed its thirty-first project agreement, which will see the development of a system which will allow heat from subsea pipelines to be converted to DC electrical power. The project is one of four that have recently been agreed, signalling a £230,000 investment from OGIC, and will see companies developing innovative technology with direct applications across the oil and gas industry.

The role that the industrial application of 3D printing could play in transforming the production of bespoke, high-value, low-volume manufacturing in the oil and gas industry will be the focus for an event in Aberdeen in March.
The additive manufacturing (AM) seminar, organised by the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) and TWI, will feature industrial case studies and presentations on design, materials and process development, component manufacture, validation techniques and certification routes.