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The Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University has secured funding from Verus Petroleum to support research and training for the industry's future in UK offshore waters. 

Funding of £416,000 was received by Heriot-Watt’s chief scientist professor John Underhill to support oil and gas related training and applied geoscience research activities in IPE.

The funding will be allocated for 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.

Verus Petroleum CEO Alan Curran said: “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.”

"This will help us to maximise the economic recovery from and extend the life of the mature basin."

Training and research activities are expected to provide future benefits to the UKCS industry with regard to exploration and production activities. 

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Research intends to optimise production level in existing fields by applying geoscientific innovation and subsurface visualisation technology.

Underhill said: “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 programmes 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.”

Image: Accurate 3D visualisation in the OGAVC will aid subsurface oil and gas extraction and carbon storage opportunities. Photo: © Heriot-Watt University.