ONS Innovation Awards: revealing two new finalists 

TechInvent and Island Offshore/Centrica appointed finalists for ONS Innovation Awards.

TechInvent is nominated for the SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Innovation Award for their technology FluidCom, while Island Offshore/Centrica is nominated for the Innovation Award for developing the system Riser-less coil tubing drilling. TechInvent and Centrica are exhibiting at ONS 2016. Visit TechInvent in Hall 6, stand 6675 and Centrica in Hall 2, stand 240.

Read more about TechInvent and Island Offshore/Centrica, and their innovative technologies below.

Of the 130 candidates, there were 72 applicants for the SME Innovation Award and 58 for the Innovation Award. The jury have picked out five finalists to compete in each category. The jury have picked out five finalists to compete in each category.

Other finalists
InflowControl (SME)
Air Products
Robotic Drilling Systems AS (SME)
Interwell P&A
More finalists to be announced soon…

The Innovation Award Ceremony is held at the plenary session on Tuesday 30. August. The two winners will present their technologies at the Technical Session ONS Innovation Award, Tuesday 30. August, at 15:00. The doors will open at 14:30. The session is free and open to everyone!

About the Innovation Awards
Through the Innovation Awards we recognize the crucial importance of cutting-edge products and solutions. The awards reflect our long-standing commitment to presenting and promoting innovative ideas to the international oil, gas and energy industry.

The Innovation Award was first presented in 1982, and today companies compete in two categories, one for large companies and one for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

See previous winners

The finalists

Technology: FluidCom
FluidCom™ chemical injection valve and metering controller is a fully automated, simple and reliable device equipped with integrated autonomous valve control, continuous flow metering and self-cleaning functionality. The unique design of FluidCom™ valves includes minimal mechanical moving parts and is proven to provide operators with an accurate, reliable solution to control chemical injection applications with no regular maintenance required.

Chemical injection is a continuously requirement in all parts of the value chain and all phases in the life cycle of an oil and gas asset. Chemicals are used in many critical applications as: – Corrosion inhibitors – Scale inhibitors – Hydrate prevention – Asphaltene inhibitors – Foam inhibitors – Demulsifiers – Nitrate inhibitors.

The FluidCom application is multipoint chemical injection using a single-unit device per injection point, individual integrated flow control, flow metering, local and remote operation, wired & wireless HART communication.

Island Offshore/Centrica
Technology: Riser-less coil tubing drilling
Island Offshore have successfully drilled four wells with the innovative riser-less coil tubing (CT) system. This is the first time ever riser-less CT-operations have been performed. Three wells were drilled for Statens Vegvesen in 2014 as part of investigations of geology for a future subsea-tunnel, and the concept was thereby proven.

Centrica E&P Norway found this very interesting and decided to use same system when checking for shallow gas in the seabed above their Butch-field in the southern part of the Norwegian Continental Shelf. This operation was performed in 2015, and was a new success. Next step will be to adopt the system to do heavy intervention with CT in subsea wells.

Intervention in subsea wells are today performed from Light Well Intervention (LWI) vessels, with wireline through a subsea-lubricator. Obviously, wire-line has its limitations compared to CT. Heavy intervention with coil tubing (CT) are rarely done, due to the high cost and challenges with meeting good HSE-standards. Using CT for heavy intervention requires use of a drilling-rig and a complex work-over riser-system.

A more reliable and less costly way to do heavy intervention in the future will be to run the CT in open water without a work-over riser system. Same methodology as for LWI with wireline, but a subsea-injector will be required. Island Offshore have built such an innovative subsea-injector with controls and power supplied by the ROV, which is also an innovative feature. And could then successfully drill the four wells mentioned above.

(all details above are based on Island Offshore)

The descriptions of the technologies are based on submissions from the companies concerned. ONS accepts no responsibilities for possible errors.