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Working with Industry
The Institute
of Petroleum
The Institute of Petroleum
Engineering (IPE) is a world
leading, specialised centre
in research, training and
teaching, with the largest
petroleum engineering
research programme in
the UK. Founded in 1975
and based at our campus in
Edinburgh, the Institute has
an extensive international
presence through its approved
learning partnerships. The
IPE’s International Centre for
Island Technology (ICIT)
campus in the Orkney Islands,
UK specialises in Renewable
Energy research and teaching.
Our vision is to be the
international institute of choice
for research and teaching
in petroleum engineering,
reservoir engineering and
petroleum geoscience.
Research Expertise
■ is a world leading
IPE has world class research expertise in:
■ Production Chemistry/Scale
The group carries out research on increasing the production efficiency of oil
and gas wells. The main consortium project in this area is the Flow Assurance
and Scale Team (FAST) Joint Industry Project (JIP). The FAST consortium is
widely recognized as the world leading research activity in Oilfield Scale
prevention. FAST develops software (SQUEEZE VI) based on fundamental
laboratory studies that is used to design field scale inhibitor treatments worldwide.
The Flow Assurance and Scale Control project combines fundamental studies
and field applied research in order to solve remaining and future challenges
associated with the build up of scale and related flow restricting precipitates.
Extensive laboratory based experimental studies are conducted and the data
obtained can be modelled, as can field specific data, to ensure fields are
effectively managed.
research institute
■ has over
40 industrial
49 projects
■ has worldwide
presence with
teaching centres
in UK, Russia,
Malaysia, China
and Dubai
■ Hydrates and Phase Behaviour (PVT)
Research is concentrated on detection, early warning and inhibition of gas
hydrate formation to decrease the likelihood of hydrate formation interfering
with hydrocarbon recovery. Gas hydrates are also being studied as a potential
source of natural gas with vast resources known to exist around the world.
Accurate prediction and measurement of reservoir fluid properties and phase
behaviour (PVT) is critical to development of oil reservoirs. The group has
developed unique capabilities in two areas: property measurement and prediction
of oil and gas-condensate samples contaminated with drilling fluids and
measurements of fluid properties from high-pressure high-temperature reservoirs.
■ Hydrocarbon Recovery Mechanisms
Using IPE-designed and built experimental micro-model facilities and
modelling techniques we develop understanding of the fundamental
recovery mechanisms governing multiphase displacements in
hydrocarbon reservoirs. Techniques combine direct visualisation
studies of displacements at the pore scale with core-scale studies
carried out under reservoir conditions.
■ Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)
Our EOR research is a multi-faceted activity which investigates
the use of specialist additives, CO2 injection, polymers or microbial
■ Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
IPE concentrates its research on the storage of CO2 in geological
features. This research includes characterisation of storage assets
by simulation and experiment leading to the determination of their
suitability and potential capacity.
■ Well Testing
At IPE, research into well test uncertainty is implemented through
numerical well test forward modeling and simulation. A systematic
well testing approach is demonstrated using industrial case study data.
■ Production Technology
The intelligent wells and field systems technology group carry out
advanced studies of intelligent well technology and the effect of its
application on hydrocarbon field productivity.
■ Petrophysics
IPE is carrying out research into understanding how permeability
and permeability controlling factors affect hydrocarbon production.
This research facilitates the ability to accurately quantify production
rates and recovery factors.
■ Geomechanics and Well Engineering
The research group studies the behaviour of geological structures
and formations. These behaviours determine how hydrocarbons
interact with geology and how they are transported within reservoirs.