As an example, Software company Sciencesoft Limited is undergoing a multi-million pound research project. The aim is to develop a new integrated solution for chemical enhanced oil recovery (CEOR) reservoir simulation. Boosted by a £1.5 million R&D grant from Scottish Enterprise, they are developing four new products to help clients merge the entire reservoir simulation process. This involves building, controlling, simulating and analysing into a single easy-to-use system.
A committed network of research facilities and institutions supports our companies' innovation efforts. They include CENSIS - the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, launched in 2013 - and specialist units at Aberdeen, Heriot Watt and Robert Gordon Universities. They are all world-renowned for their oil and gas programmes.
This fertile ground for innovation encouraged the integrated oil and gas company, Total S.A, to set up one of its seven Centres for Excellence, the Geoscience Research Centre (GRC), in Aberdeen. One of their recent innovations is a prototype that allows geologists to check if reservoir models match a given well test. This provides key information needed to progress exploration project decisions, which would have previously been available only through a much more time-consuming full field flow simulation.
Scotland's focus on innovation means our companies are among the leading lights in the areas of marginal field development, enhanced oil extraction and digital oilfield. Their products and capabilities help producers around the world get the best possible yield from their reservoirs.