State of the art technology is being bought for the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), thanks to a £1.66m grant.
The award, from The Scottish Funding Council, will enable OGIC to purchase two pieces of cutting-edge equipment to support research and innovation in the sector.
This is on top of the £10.6 million already allocated to support demand led innovation between industry and Scottish Universities.
The equipment, a Rock Deformation Apparatus and a Computed Tomography Scanner, will allow industry and researchers to apply new techniques to target increased recovery of oil and gas from reservoirs and to analyse the behaviour of equipment and materials in the sorts of environments found in the North Sea.
Speaking about the grant and the equipment that will be purchased, Dr Dave Healy, University of Aberdeen said that “The Rock Deformation Apparatus opens up many exciting possibilities.
“This device will enable Scotland to develop world-class capabilities in geomechanics, rock mechanics and rock physics.
“We already have explicit support from oil & gas majors who want to work with us in exploiting innovations from this exciting piece of equipment.’
Paul de Leeuw, OGIC Chair said ‘this is a further example of the unique collaboration we are helping to develop between the Oil & Gas industry and Universities across Scotland.
“The Innovation Centre is constantly looking for ways to strengthen the capability of our Universities and to support innovation across all parts the industry.
“We are working with the SFC to develop more funding opportunities in the future.
OGIC links over 2,300 oil & gas operators and service companies to 12 universities with academic staff and researchers focused on oil and gas technologies. OGIC is open for business and will be providing funding for 100+ projects over the next five years.