Autonomous inflow control for increased oil recovery

This project is funded by Oslofjordfondet, the Research Council of Norway. Project partners are the Norwegian research institutes, Norner and Tel-Tek, and the total budget is 8 million NOK. The project was started January 2013.

The valves are mounted on oil well walls, where they automatically open for oil, but prevent the coning of water and/or gas. The autonomous (self-regulating) valve will increase oil production and recovery, facilitate the drilling of longer horizontal wells and reduce the need for transport, handling and separating unwanted fluids. The central research activity of this program is to find a combination of mechanical and flow technology design, material types and materials that can withstand the harsh well conditions (particles, chemicals, high pressure and temperature) for all reservoir types.