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A novel, autonomous and REVersible Inflow control VALve to increase oil production and reservoir recovery rate by stopping the production of unwanted water and gas locally in the reservoirs

Objective

REVIVAL focuses on the problem of maximising recovery of oil from wells and prolonging their productive life; a commercial imperative for the industry and a response to EU policies to secure Europe’s energy supply in respect to oil.

Globally only 32% of available oil reserves are extracted from oil fields. A 5% increase in the recovery factor would yield as much oil as is expected from all future exploration efforts.

The reason for low recovery rates is the breakthrough of water or gas in the well. The industry has addressed this by developing inflow control devices (ICD & AICD) that choke oil production both at start up and when gas or water incursion occurs; but do not stop these entering the system.

Our innovative solution utilises the properties of fluid dynamics to create an Autonomous Inflow Control Valve (AICV) that, whilst remaining simple in concept, eliminates the weaknesses of AICD and ICD products. By comparison, proof of concept tests on our AICV show it will increase recovery, does not choke initial oil production, can stop gas and water completely, is autonomous, reversible, reliable and price competitive.

We have established the concept, but still face significant technical challenges which we need to outsource to specialist R&D partners. These involve developing an innovative laminar flow element, filters and seals that can withstand the harsh environments in wells.

REVIVAL enables our SME partnership to create a novel, highly differentiated, validated pre-production prototype that can be quickly commercialised post project completion, providing outstanding benefits for our own organisations, our oil company clients, national government exchequers and Europe as a whole. It responds to competitive threats we as SMEs face.

The primary market are oil company clients are receptive to a solution. The known market potential is €224 million within 5 years of project completion. Secondary markets exist in environmental protection from oil spillages.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/fluid dynamics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

INFLOWCONTROL AS
Address
Hydrovegen 55
3936 Porsgrunn
Norway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 394 607
Administrative Contact
Vidar Mathiesen (Dr.)

Participants (7)

INTERNATIONAL SYALONS NEWCASTLE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 248 889
Address
Stephenson Street Willington Quay
NE28 6TT Wallsend
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nick Fecitt (Mr.)
SEAL ENGINEERING AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 233 281
Address
Produksjonsveien 12
1618 Fredrikstad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julian Putkowski (Mr.)
RT FILTERTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 13 077
Address
Buchholz 4
88048 Friedrichshafen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sven Wozniak (Mr.)
ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 17 338
Address
Bishop Hall Lane
CM1 1SQ Chelmsford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Danvers (Mr.)
Norner AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 41 750
Address
Asdalstrand 291
3960 Stathelle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thor Kamfjord (Mr.)
HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 27 804
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Olszewska-Day (Dr.)
HP ETCH AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 181 254
Address
Po Box 567
17526 Jarfalla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Magnus Wallin (Mr.)