For the first project, Blue Gentoo will work with the University of Aberdeen to develop an Intelligent Hydrate Tool (IHT). The tool will automatically control MonoEthylene Glycol (MEG) injection by monitoring hydrocarbon parameters without routine human intervention. The IHT will learn effective human and computer devised injection strategies for hydrate prevention, reusing them in the appropriate circumstances and providing a detailed justification of the adopted strategy. The system also aims to enhance oil recovery, and reduce production risks.
The second project will see Robert Gordon University cooperating CorrosionRADAR Ltd, for a new remote monitoring and analytics system. The system will monitor corrosion under insulation (CUI) using mounted sensors to locate problem areas within pipeline networks. The system will enable operators to adopt a predictive corrosion management programme, minimising the risk of failure.
In the the third venture, Phoenix RDS will work with Heriot-Watt University to develop a flow control device. The system will identify potential changes in the property of fluids passing through a pipeline and make sure the desired polymer mixture is maintained. The project will include field trials performed with scaled 3D models to identify pressure changes and viscosity degradation.