Aberdeen University Gets OGIC Funding for Rock Mechanics Kit

The principal of Aberdeen University has said its selection by Scotland's Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) to receive $735,000 of rock mechanics equipment confirms the university's status as a leading energy research institution.

The university reported this week that it has taken delivery of high pressure/high temperature rock deformation apparatus from Sanchez Technology in France thanks to funding from OGIC. The kit can test rock and cement samples under conditions of extreme temperature and stress, replicating conditions deep beneath the sea floor.

By providing accurate data on the properties and the behaviour of rocks under such conditions, the equipment can aid exploration and production activity at depths far in excess of current drilling activity, according to a statement from the university.

Dr David Healy, from the university's School of Geosciences, commented:

"Taking the central North Sea as an example, operators have gone deeper and deeper and there are significant technical challenges to overcome as conditions become hotter and more pressurized.

"Operators can be reluctant to pursue these types of projects because of the costs and potential hazards involved, and this is especially true in the current climate.

"This apparatus can make a tangible difference by providing companies with accurate data about the properties and behaviour of the rock at depths of up to 10 miles, which is far deeper than current drilling activity.


View Full Article

Have a news tip? Share it with Rigzone!
Email news@rigzone.com


Click on the button below to add a comment.
Post a Comment
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.


Our Privacy Pledge

More from this Author
Rigzone Staff
e-mail us at news@rigzone.com
 -  ExxonMobil Starts Fuels Production at ... (Sep 21)
 -  How to Become a Safety Engineer (Sep 18)
 -  How to Become a Geologist (Sep 15)
 -  Oil, Gas Industry Leadership Group to ... (Sep 14)
 -  CB&I Wins China PDH Unit Contract (Sep 11)

Most Popular Articles

From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
Fluids Plant Operator
Expertise: Maintenance Technician|Mud Engineer / Drilling Fluids|Refinery / Plant Operator
Location: Monahans, TX
Nitrogen Transport Driver
Expertise: Heavy Machinery Operator|Truck / HGV Driver
Location: Dayton, OH
Nitrogen Operator
Expertise: Maintenance Technician|Production Operator|Truck / HGV Driver
Location: Odessa, TX
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $56.86/BBL 0.76%
Light Crude Oil : $50.66/BBL 0.21%
Natural Gas : $2.959/MMBtu 0.30%
Updated in last 24 hours