First finalists for ONS Innovation Awards

InflowControl and Air Products are the two first finalists to be announced for The ONS Innovation Awards. This year we received a record breaking 130 applicants. Ten finalists were chosen by the jury to compete for the recognition as the most innovative companies of the energy sector.

InflowControl is nominated for the SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Innovation Award for their technology Autonomous Inflow Control Valve, while Air Products is nominated for the Innovation Award for developing the CO2 Capture By Membrane Technology.

Read more about InflowControl and Air Products, 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. More finalists will be revealed 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 ONS 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: Autonomous Inflow Control Valve
The novel Autonomous Inflow Control Valve (AICV®) technology is the first and only known technology that can shut-off unwanted gas and/or water autonomously and locally in the well, and at the same time increase the oil production and recovery. It combines the best from passive Inflow Control Device (ICD), Autonomous ICD (AICD) and smart wells (ICV). The AICV® shuts off unwanted fluids completely ensuring optimum gas or oil production and recovery.

An important issue is to improve oil production and recovery from existing fields by developing and implementing new technologies that can make mature and marginal fields more profitable. In most oil fields, the draining mechanism is based on pressure support from gas and/or water. After a period of oil production, all wells will have gas and/or water breakthrough. As a breakthrough expands along the horizontal well, production has to be limited due to excessive gas and/or water production. This means that production from the well has to be choked or stopped, even if there is oil left along the wellbore.

Inflow Control Device (ICD) and the early versions of Autonomous Inflow Control Devices (AICD) have shown that oil production and recovery can be increased significantly with better inflow control along the well. However, neither ICD nor AICD is able to shut off unwanted gas and water production completely. The newly developed and patented Autonomous Inflow Control Valve (AICV®) can shut off unwanted liquids completely. This novel technology is a major step for improved oil recovery, both in new and existing wells. The results is increased oil, significantly reduced water cut (WC) and gas oil ratio (GOR).

The AICV® has the last year been qualified and successfully installed in both offshore and onshore wells all around the world. AICV® wells have been sold to oil companies in Saudi Arabia, Canada, Norway and China.

Air Products
Air Products AS-Norway is an engineering and manufacturing company, specialized in membrane processing systems for the marine, oil & gas and land based petrochemical applications. Air Products AS was founded in 1970, and was the first company worldwide to utilize membrane technology onboard marine vessels and oil & gas platforms for production of inert gas/nitrogen.

Air Products AS main vision is to avoid environmental disasters related to fire and explosions onboard vessels, oil & gas installation offshore and land based petrochemical industries. I that area, Air Products AS-Norway is worldwide marked leader. Moving in the direction of CO2 capture with the membrane technology is therefore in line with the company environment protection history.

Air Product AS has since 1993 had a close relationship with NTNU-Trondheim. Over the years, Air Products AS has developed, together with NTNU, membrane technology for CO2 separation. The membrane CO2 separation is based upon the same proven technology as for air/gas separation. In June 2015 Air Products AS & NTNU received fundings from CLIMIT/GASSNOVA for MemCCC (Membranes for CO2 Capture at Cement Industries). This project takes place at NORCEM cement factory in Brevik. The membrane technology will be tested during 2016, and results will be published by end 2016. The Membrane Test Unit delivered by Air Products AS is now under testing at NORCEM-Brevik site.

The development of membranes for CO2 capture at the cement industry, coal fired power stations and similar for land based, ships and offshore industry is a major innovation step in close corporation with established research centers in Norway. By this Air Products AS, with the membrane technology, is leading the process to solve the environmental problems related to productions from the cement factories and other land based industries, marine, oil & gas with heavy CO2 pollution.

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