With funding from the European Union, a team of engineers from Norway, Germany, the United Kingdom and Sweden has joined together around a new project that intends to revolutionize the oil industry: the REVIVAL (REVersible inflow control VALve). In order to be able to extract more oil deposits, the scholars developed the AICV valve, which aims to control the reversible flow in oil wells, being able to hold the water and gas pipes releasing only the oil.
Few people know, but the vast majority of the wells can only extract less than a third of the oil available in offshore deposits. This is because, along with it, large amounts of water and gas are rising through the ducts, which causes some of the platforms to have permanently lit a pilot flame in the "flare" in order to burn the fluid.
The piece that is 6 centimeters in diameter and 3 centimeters thick, has already been tested and successfully approved. In initial tests, the prototype showed an increase in oil recovery between 50% and 80%, depending on the well. What could be a breakthrough in the offshore market, optimizing the work and time of oil extraction by oil companies.
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