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IntecSea, Cranfield University to test in-pipeline liquid removal unit

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Cranfield University has announced a partnership with IntecSea to test the viability of a new in-pipeline liquid removal unit.

Intec has developed the new capability within a pseudo dry gas system, with support from the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and industry sponsors.

The tests are attempting to prove the capability of the device, using Cranfield University’s pilot scale pipeline test facilities.

The system aims to remove the need for expensive and high energy consumption compression systems and associated carbon dioxide emissions.

“With our large near-industrial scale facilities, Cranfield is one of few universities in Europe that is able to carry out this research,” said Dr Liyun Lao, senior research fellow at Cranfield University. “We are confident that our work with IntecSea will be able to contribute to the development of this technology.”

“The solution is elegantly simple; it uses multiple passive liquid removal units and a liquid disposal pipeline connected to proven standardised pumps,” added Lee Thomas, engineering lead for PDG technology at IntecSea. “I am delighted that Cranfield University, with the use of their facilities, will allow us to move from computer-based simulations through to physical testing. This, coupled with a diverse range of Operators and Tier 1 contractors contributing towards the project via the OGTC, demonstrates industry collaboration at its best.”

Professor Phil Hart, director of energy and power at Cranfield, said: “We are delighted that IntecSea has chosen to partner with Cranfield on this project. As we move to a low carbon economy, gas is an increasingly significant contributor to baseload power and devices which help the offshore gas industry to economically and efficiently exploit subsea resources are of critical importance. We’re very pleased that our unique capabilities and industrial focus has allowed IntecSea to select us as their test provider.”

“We are excited that this project has entered the next stage of development,” added Graeme Rogerson, marginal developments project manager for the OGTC. “Technology advancement is key to unlocking the potential of the UK Continental Shelf and the testing at Cranfield is key in demonstrating the value this project can bring to the industry.”