ERPE Professor Mercedes M. Maroto-Valer BSc, PhD, FRSC, FRSE, FIChemE and Robert M Buchan Chair in Sustainable Engineering, Head of Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE) and Director of Energy Academy, has given a talk at the prestigious London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF).
The Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) July 2015 issue includes a technology focus feature on reservoir simulation which discusses four recent papers published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Two of the four articles are based on recent research output from the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). JPT is disseminated to over 100,000 SPE members.
The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (NERC CDT) took its message of collaborative research and training between academia, industry and regulators to its first international meeting by exhibiting at the 77th EAGE Conference & Exhibition held in Madrid, 1st-4th June 2015.
On Thursday 14 May the Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh welcomed the Energy Academy and Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, as hosts of the first Heriot-Watt Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2015, supported by Scottish Energy News.
Leading oil and gas training provider Nautilus have agreed to support the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas, led by ERPE. The CDT in Oil and Gas focuses on creating a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environmental sectors, as well as filling skills gaps in the oil and gas sector.
Three ERPE professors are among the distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).
Professor Mercedes Maroto Valer, Robert Buchan Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering in Engineering, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) and the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), Heriot-Watt University.
Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.
The main contractor for the new Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology, which will be the Scottish headquarters for the British Geological Survey (BGS) as well as a major joint BGS/Heriot-Watt University research centre for geological, petroleum and marine sciences, has been announced as Morrison Construction, part of Galliford Try plc.
Professor John Ford, ERPE Institute of Petroleum Engineering, has been awarded an Honorary Diploma by Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS). The award was conferred at the annual celebration for the start of the academic year.
The Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, has visited Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus to hear about the newly launched NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas and meet the first cohort of students.
A £9m Centre for Doctoral Training, which combines the very best of academic and industrial expertise to train the next generation of top level geoscience and environmental researchers in oil and gas, has been officially launched at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus by Stuart Edwards, Deputy Director Materials and Resource Industries at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), of which Heriot-Watt is the Administrative University, has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Ian Phillips, shortly after it received a further £1.66 million from the Scottish Funding Council to support industry innovation.
Dr Florian Doster, ERPE Assistant Professor with the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE), has returned from an extensive trip to the USA. He delivered his "Towards A Consistent Theoretical Framework for Multiphase Flow in Porous Media" keynote lecture at the biennial Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on "Flow & Transport in Permeable Media", held 6-11 July 2014, Lewiston, Maine.
Nearly 40 research leaders from Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey (BGS) came together last week at an inaugural 'Heriot-Watt -BGS Exchange Event' aimed at developing innovative ideas for research collaboration within their new, joint research institute – the Sir Charles Lyell Centre.
Scientists from the Carbonate Reservoir Group at ERPE under the leadership of Professor Sebastian Geiger have formed a 2.54M USD research partnership with colleagues at University of Calgary, Imperial College London and the Federal University of Pernambuco to develop a novel Rapid Reservoir Modelling (RRM) software that facilitates prototyping of complex reservoir models.
PhD student Rosario Porrazzo, from ERPE theme Materials & Manufacturing, won a poster competition at the 36th Annual General Meeting of the International Fine Particle Research Institute (IFPRI) which was held in Edinburgh on 22-26 June 2014.
ERPE was represented at this two-day event by the Institute of Petroleum Engineering's Gas Condensate Recovery (GCR) research team. The team had a stand which was visited by a number of delegates, including Heriot-Watt alumni. The team also presented three papers.
Alessandro Mangione a PhD student studying at Heriot-Watt's Institute of Petroleum Engineering, has won one of the three Best Student Paper prizes at the 76th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2014 for his Paper "Synthetic Diagenesis: The Key to Carbonate Systems in Basin Modelling".
This year's conference was held 16-19 June 2014, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Scientists from the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) research partnership, of which ERPE is a member, have competitively won a 20% share of a £2.57 million funding pot to carry out targeted research that will support the commercial deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the UK.
For the eighth consecutive year, researchers from the ERPE Energy Academy and the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University have collaborated with BP p.l.c. in the preparation of the data for their Statistical Review of World Energy.
Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, interviewed by Dr Gabriela Medero and Dr Aruna Ivaturi, will be sharing tales of her career to date; the highs and lows, the pivotal times, people who made a difference, key events and life stages.
Senior academics from Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), of which ERPE is a member, have welcomed a delegation from a leading Chinese design and construction company. Adrian Todd, Professor of Petroleum Engineering in ERPE, was among the senior experts who were debating the role of CCS in China’s power sector.
Current collaboration between the UK and Canada in the area of biochar as an effective way to capture CO2 has been strengthened by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ERPE Professor Raffaella Ocone at Heriot-Watt University (UK) and BioFuelNet Canada (BNF) and Bio-Char Network (Bio-Char) in Canada.
A joint industry project (JIP) to investigate mechanisms for creating a CO2-driven enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) industry in the North Sea has welcomed Shell as a new industry partner. CO2-EOR has the potential to bring benefits for the UK offshore industry by improving recovery from depleted oil fields using CO2 captured from power plants and industry.
Obinna Chudi, an ERPE PhD student at Heriot-Watt University’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE), has won the prestigious Schlumberger global student competition for his abstract titled: “Integrating Basin Modelling and Advanced Petrophysical Analysis in Reservoir Quality Prediction of Unexplored Oligocene Reservoir-Offshore Niger Delta”.
The Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis (CRITICAT) is a newly established research hub in Scotland for catalysis training and research. It comprises the combined chemistry and chemical engineering Schools of St Andrews, Edinburgh, and Heriot-Watt Universities and encompasses training and research in all aspects of catalysis.
This year's EAGE student lecture was on How to Manage Fractured Reservoir Modelling and it showed how to avoid potential pitfalls in over or under representing the complexity of a fracture network with some 'common sense' approaches to the accurate capture of dynamic behaviour.
Professors Mike Christie and Gary Couples along with Gordon Winton (Director of Business Development) hosted a visit from Prof. Julio Freitas and Prof Antonio Martinelli from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil on 12th March.
Brazil has created the "Science Without borders program" to stimulate worldwide research mobility.
Heriot-Watt Crucible, the highly successful leadership and development programme for research leaders of the future, has been run for the sixth time. Joining researchers from Heriot-Watt on the programme this time were participants from University of Edinburgh, British Geological Survey, Moredun Research Institute and Selex ES.
Heriot-Watt Alumni from a variety of disciplines came together in February for dinner in Aberdeen with leading figures for the university and industry discussing the developments in oil, gas and renewable research and teaching at Heriot-Watt.
The new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), funded by NERC, will focus on creating a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environmental sectors, as well as filling skills gaps in the oil and gas sector. This will equip the industry with the skills needed to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration and extraction.
Heriot-Watt's Moscow Graduations took place on 18 October in the splendid surroundings of the British Ambassadors Residence in the heart of the city. The Congregation for the conferment of degrees was made up of students who were graduating from the Heriot-Watt University Master of Science courses in Petroleum Engineering and Reservoir Evaluation and Management.
The Institute of Petroleum Engineering was established in 1975 to satisfy the industry's growing requirement for professional petroleum engineers. This was the year in which oil was first produced from the North Sea.
The Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering is a strategic alliance between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.
Working with academic and commercial partners we aim to deliver world leading research and expertise in engineering to the greatest commercial, social and economic impact and benefit through education and advancement in science and engineering.
Edinburgh staff have pioneered the design of novel digitally-controlled hydraulic transmission systems  culminating for the design and production of high efficiency hydraulic gearboxes, now owned by spin-out company Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd. This innovation comprises the Digital Displacement (DD®) patented technology  with current application in wind turbine systems, and vehicle drives.
A team of engineers and computer scientists at ERPE has developed algorithms that help the petroleum industry extract more oil, more cost-effectively. In one North Sea field, a leading oil company has used ERPE technology to create a field development plan yielding three million more barrels of oil than their original plan.
Avoiding blockages caused by mineral scale deposits is a major priority for oil producers. Yet combating scale build-up to stop it jeopardising well productivity is complex and costly. ERPE research has saved the industry hundreds of millions of pounds with computer software - SQUEEZE - that enables companies to plan the best scale-inhibiting treatment from project outset.
ERPE research has provided BP with a step change in understanding of how to maximise oil recovery and production. Low salinity water flooding has been shown to increase oil recovery by an average of ~16% when compared to standard "High Salinity" water flooding.
ERPE research into gas hydrate formation during oil production led to the extension of the life of Total’s Nuggets field by three years with an increase in production of 2% and the reduction of use of the expensive and toxic methanol injection process.
Professor Gareth Harrison has led development of a sophisticated suite of spatio-temporal meteorological, oceanographic and hydrological modelling tools for enhanced long-term resource characterisation and grid integration studies. This includes high resolution weather models, whose output underpins the Scottish Government’s Electricity Dispatch Model.
The technologies comprising the full CCS chain have the potential to significantly reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide and help tackle climate change as Europe and the rest of the world moves towards a low-carbon future.
Activity ranges from exploration to production technology. Research into "carbonate reservoirs" has focussed on increasing the recovery ratio and we are a founding member of the ExxonMobil Research Alliance "Fundamental Control of Flow in Carbonates". This collaboration includes nine European and one US universities.