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Monitoring if you can re-inject produced water to improve recovery

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The UK government's "Technology Strategy Board" is providing £73k to Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) and LUX Innovate Ltd of Edinburgh, to test new technology which can monitor whether produced water can be re-injected to try to improve recovery.


The £73k is provided as part of £1m funding from the UK government for feasibility studies to help develop new technologies likely to help improve production and asset reliability in the oil and gas industry.

Produced water can include oil, solids, treatment chemicals and microbes in it.

If the produced water is re-injected without monitoring it first, the substances in it might block the reservoir.

Currently, the only method for monitoring produced fluid is "laborious and complex, requiring skilled personnel," the companies say.

Heriot-Watt and LUX Innovate plan to develop a new tool called "LUX MOTEYE" to continually analysed produced water, which will be easy to use.

Heriot-Watt academics will provide data analysis expertise.

The tool should enable more effective and cost-efficient management of the fluid.

"As over 70% of the world's oil and gas production comes from fields over 30 years old, approaches such as produced water re-injection are growing in significance for the North Sea and beyond," says Emma Perfect, Managing Director at LUX Innovate Ltd.

"'We are delighted to receive Technology Strategy Board funding to develop this tool which will greatly assist in enhanced oil recovery.

"Working in close collaboration with Heriot-Watt University will be key to this project's success.'



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