A major funding package for the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University will directly support research and training for the future of the industry in UK offshore waters.
Heriot-Watt’s Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill, has secured funding of £416k from Verus Petroleum, an independent oil company active on the United Kingdom continental Shelf (UKCS).
The award will support a number of oil and gas related training and Applied Geoscience research activities in IPE including the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), the Ogilvie-Gordon 3D Audio-Visualisation Centre (OGAVC) and UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Frontier Basins PhD research activities.
These training and research activities and technical support will offer significant benefits to the future of the UKCS industry and development in terms of exploration and production and in maximising production in existing fields through the application of geoscientific innovation and state-of-the-art subsurface visualisation technology. The funding package underlines Verus’ commitment to the UKCS as well as the quality of research and training that exists within IPE.
Alan Curran, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Verus Petroleum, said, "Verus Petroleum are pleased to be able to offer this award to Heriot-Watt to support the world class Applied Geoscience research and training being led by Professor Underhill. The initiatives being supported will have a significant bearing on the future of the UKCS exploration and production activities by providing a research base to help us overcome key geological challenges and thus help us to maximise the economic recovery from and extend the life of the mature basin. The Ogilvie-Gordon 3D Audio-Visualisation centre will play an important role in knowledge transfer and collaboration and has the potential to reach beyond the immediate sphere of the oil industry and inspire future generations of geoscientists and engineers."
John Underhill, HWU’s Chief Scientist, Professor of Exploration Geoscience and Academic Director of the NERC CDT said, “I am delighted to welcome Verus Petroleum as a valued industry partner to support the management of the CDT. In so doing, they take the number of companies supporting the program into double figures, something that is a testament to the continued attraction of the postgraduate training program that has been built and being successfully provided.
“In addition to the support for the CDT, it is tremendous that companies like Verus see the benefit of our UK Continental Shelf and frontier basins research and training programs based in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt. I look forward to working on the new projects including the launch of the Ogilvie-Gordon 3D Audio-Visualisation Centre (OGAVC) later this year”
The Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE at Heriot-Watt University is a leading Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Engineering and Petroleum Geoscience, recognised internationally for the quality of our teaching, training and research.
We offer a range of postgraduate opportunities, all uniquely tailored to the oil and gas industry, in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment which provides a stimulating place for learning and research.
In 2015 we received a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize, recognising its sustained pioneering work in innovation and research excellence, as the Institute celebrated its 40th anniversary. The prize recognises how the Institute’s research and innovation activity spans exploration to production technology, and also harnesses its findings to enhance interdisciplinary work being carried out, including in medical research.
The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil & Gas at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering was awarded and established in 2013 with the aim of training the next generation of geoscientific and environmental researchers in oil and gas, providing them over their studentship with a total of 20 weeks’ joint training delivered by academic, governmental and industry experts from the Earth, Environment and Applied Business sectors. There is also an annual graduate school conference at which students present their results and showcase the best academic research in oil and gas to the industry, government and academic peers.
Research is focussed on four areas:
Environmental Impact & Regulation
•Extending the Life of Mature Basins (e.g. North Sea)
•Exploration in Challenging Environments
•Unconventional Oil & Gas Resources
The Centre aims to create a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environmental sectors. It will equip industry with the skills needed to explore, sustain and reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration and extraction at a time of economic challenge and focus on responsible environmental management.
Verus Petroleum is a production and development company focused on the UKCS with a strong commercial, operational and technical track record and ambitious growth plans in the region. Over the next few years we will build a high quality, sustainable business.
We are continually striving to develop strong working relationships with business partners who understand the need for fundamental change to the future running of the UKCS.
Backed by Europe’s leading upstream oil and gas private equity investor HitecVision, Verus has an experienced and agile in-house technical and commercial team to screen, evaluate and complete acquisitions.