A crowning achievement for the innovative research on hydrates.
On February 25, 2016 at Buckingham Palace, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall awarded the “Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2015” to the Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, in particular for its innovative research on hydrates carried out in partnership with Total.
HydraCHEK® crowned with success
Improving hydrate management is a crucial issue for offshore oil & gas operations, to preserve the integrity of subsea pipelines and ensure the smooth flow of fluids from the reservoir to the surface. If hydrates form, they are likely to clog the pipelines, particularly during critical production shutdown phases. HydraCHEK® is a novel process developed by the company Hydrafact (spin-out of the Heriot-Watt University) in cooperation with Total, and is used to measure the hydrate and salt concentrations in water samples. The tool makes it easier to monitor hydrate formation in a production system and therefore avoid the substantial cost of methanol injection, used by the industry to prevent the compounds from forming.
There are many advantages to decreasing the methanol injection rate:
- Reduction in the use of expensive and toxic chemicals (28,000 m3 less methanol used each year).
- Reduction and elimination of methanol contamination in the produced condensate.
- Improvement in the management of this highly toxic and flammable compound and the associated environmental impact.
For instance, HydraCHEK® has made it possible to extend the life of the Nuggets gas reservoir in the North Sea while reducing the quantity of methanol injected. By applying this process, an extra 2.8 million barrels of oil equivalent of gas have been produced, increasing the recovery factor by 2%.
Benefits for the medical world
The mathematical models developed in the frame of the Heriot-Watt hydrates research group to map the flow of oil and gas through rock also awakened the interest of the medical world due to similarities between the circulation of effluents and that of blood in the human body (and biological systems in general).
Drawing on this strong analogy, researchers were able to make considerable headway and gain greater understanding of how tumors form and of the principle of angiogenesis (the formation of blood vessels from existing vessels).
The highest national academic distinction in the United Kingdom
The Royal Anniversary Trust is an independent charity founded in 1990 to mark the 40th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession, and its vocation is to advance education for public benefit. It endeavors to promote the excellence of British universities worldwide, in particular through The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, awarded every two years. It is currently recognized as the highest national distinction open to all academic institutions in the United Kingdom.
What is a hydrate?
Gas hydrates are crystalline ice-like substances composed of gas molecules (methane, ethane, propane…) held in a caged structure of frozen water. They occur both naturally and are formed during hydrocarbon production and processing operations, where they cause serious operational and safety concerns.
Gas production field in the deep offshore comprising four isolated wells situated in the northern part of the North Sea, 400 km to the north-east of Aberdeen and 20 km south of the Dunbar platform. The reservoirs on the Nuggets field contain “dry” gases (99% methane) with a low proportion of water and liquid hydrocarbons. Nuggets produces roughly 165 million m3 of gas per day.
Total and Heriot-Watt, many subjects for as many partnerships
- Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).
- Visualizing flow at microscopic scale (Digital Rock Physics, DRP).
- Flow Assurance and Hydrates.
- Multiscale reservoir simulation.
- Sponsoring of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in O&G, a new research program funded by the British government and the industry (http://www.nerc-cdt-oil-and-gas.ac.uk/).
This year, for the third year running, Total is the energy partner of Impact Journalism Day!
Launched in 2012 by Christian de Boisredon, founder of the social companySparknews, Impact Journalism Day is an event that brings together 47 of the world’s largest general newspapers for a special edition. In 2015 this represented more than 120 million readers, who shared 101 concrete and inspiring solutions devoted to world issues, concerning energy but also taking in health, agriculture, water and education.
By being the energy partner, Total is demonstrating its support for people and start-ups with projects committed to better energy accessible to all people across the world from today.
If you want to give a project that you support a chance of wider visibility, take three minutes of your time to have your say on IJD 2016:http://www.tellsparknews.com
See you on 25th June in one of the 50 participating publications!
Total campus have just launched a photo/ 10 second video competition for the students, which we hope that you could help us to promote to students of Universities in your contacts. .
Total Campus is where students and the global education community can discover the many opportunities we offer to get to know Total, learn about our engagement with the local higher education institutions in the countries where we operate, our global skills development initiatives, and our exciting careers. As well as a dedicated website, we have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a newly relaunched Instagram channel. This enables us to engage with our international audience on their preferred channels.
The Competition is intended to build engagement with our global student audience by inviting them to share their world via the Total Campus social media channels. Over 3 different challenges in 2016, we are inviting students to ‘show us their world’ and submit creative photos or short videos (under 10 seconds).
The first Challenge, called #MyTotalCampus is now open for submissions between 15 Feb and 27 March via Facebook, Twitter or Instragram. There is a top prize of 2 round-the-world air tickets for the lucky winner. The best entries, as selected by a special Total juries, will be opened to a public vote to decide on the winner. You can find out more about the challenge, and the simple 4-step process to enter here.
Attached flyer (for Challenge 1 # only), and above explanation about Total Campus and the competition will help the students participate with interest.
Kindly share it with those whom it may interest.