OGM awarded Innovate UK funding for Emerging and Enabling Technologies

Posted on: 26th Apr 2017

We are delighted to announce that OGM has been awarded significant research and development funding from Innovate UK, the UK's Innovation Agency, which acts for the various government funding organisations.

The funding from the Emerging and Enabling Technologies Sector will be tailored towards the development of an advancing technology to measure the amount (water-cut) and the salinity of water in crude oil pipelines at all flow conditions. This is currently the Achilles heel of the industry and there are no technologies that can accurately measure the water-cut, particularly when it is saline and the flow is not in contact with the aqueous phase. More importantly, the application of the intended technology is not limited to the Oil-Gas Industry but has the potential to have considerable impact in other industries too.  

The research will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Bath (UoB) with Dr Wes Maru, R&D Manager of OGM and Professor Manuch Soleimani of the Engineering Tomography Laboratory, UoB as the principal project supervisors. Professor Soleimani is a world leading expert in developing electromagnetic technologies while Dr Maru is a world recognised expert in multiphase flow and accelerated computing. This is a very timely award and is expected to result in a breakthrough technology.

Therefore, in addition to our existing quantity measurement (Flow Metering) and quality measurement (mixing and sampling) of liquid hydrocarbons, the project will form part of our ongoing effort in developing advanced multiphase flow metering technologies.

To achieve this, we have built and continue to improve our impressive arrays of flow loops facilities - arguably one of the best in Europe. These facilities and our high performance computing (HPC), together with the software and electronic laboratories will serve as the bed rock for these projects.

Therefore, it is expected to be a great success to achieve seamless synergy as well as opening up a new vista for our business.  

It is also worth noting that this funding is the second award in the last three years, where the first was conducted in collaboration with the University of Cambridge to develop and characterise our SmartMix® Technology using the highly accurate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technique.

That project allowed us to attract Dr Susi Lakshmanan to our R&D group after her participation as a Post-doctoral fellow in the project at the department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge.

The current project is for a fixed term of 36 months and will create an opportunity for a highly qualified engineer in the field of electromagnetic tomography to join our well established R&D team in our newly re-furbished and modern engineering office in Ely, Cambridgeshire.