New Danish technology to enhance oil recovery in the North Sea – The Post

New Danish technology to enhance oil recovery in the North Sea

Aim is to minimise human error during oilfield water management

Offshore oil drilling rig in the North Sea (photo: iStoc)
October 20th, 2016 3:39 pm| by Lucie Rychla

Researchers from the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre at DTU and Aalborg University are, in collaboration with the Norwegian engineering company Eldor, developing a new technology that aims to improve water management on Danish oil platforms in the North Sea.

The purpose of the project is to find a technological solution that would boost oil and gas extraction and minimise human error during the very complex process.

Large amounts of water are injected to help recover crude oil and gas. Additionally, about 40 percent of the total volume that comes up to the surface is also water that needs to be treated in order to be recycled and re-injected.

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Some 4.5 million kroner have been allocated to the project, which kick-started in early October.

The money will be spent on further development of the new technology at DTU and testing at Aalborg University’s pilot plant in Esbjerg.

A finished prototype is expected to be ready for use in 2018.