Over the last years, a dramatic drop in the oil price has forced the oil and gas industry to intensify the look for new technology that leads to increased efficiency, optimisation of oil and gas production, and reduced production cost. The operating companies plan to implement technology that gives accurate characterization of produced water in multi-phase flow, but currently available solutions have significant weaknesses.
cWater is a sensor technology developed through several years of research at CMR in Bergen. The technology enables measurement and detection of marginal changes of produced water due to the high accuracy and sensitivity. The sensor provides valuable information about the flow, and can also be used as input to Multiphase Meters.
The low cost enables installation on each well. cWater can also be retrofitted on existing wells where data from the sensor can be utilized to improve recovery rate during tail production. The currently available sensor can be installed top-side, however both subsea and down-hole versions will be developed.
The compact size, combined with low capital expenditures and operating expenses, leads to a new area for production optimization. The sensor will contribute to increased recovery rates and improved cost control. Combined with high focus on reduced use of chemicals, the market potential for cWater is huge.
The next phase of the project will perform testing of the technology at an approved 3rd party test facility in collaboration with an industrial partner. We are currently seeking industrial partners and potential customers interested in collaborating for testing towards an approved solution.
The project has received funding for a preliminary work from the FORNY2020 program at the Norwegian Research Council. This project will investigate market opportunities and competition focusing on agreement(s) with one or more project partners, and clarify current requirements for product qualification.