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Christmas 2019

KAT and KIT will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays from
Tuesday 24th December 2019 and will reopen for business as normal on
Thursday 2nd January 2020.

If you need to contact us during this period then you can send us an e-mail to one of our usual addresses

Alternatively you can call us on +44 (0)1566 785778 and use our voicemail service to leave a your name, your contact details and a brief message.

We will respond to all e-mail and voicemail messages as soon as we can upon our return in the New Year.

We would like to wish all of our clients a very happy and peaceful holiday period and a prosperous 2020.

Christmas Cat sat in the window

KAT is joint winner of the RSC Industry-Academia Collaboration Award

The Royal Society of Chemistry have announced that BP Project Pelican, a collaboration between BP Upstream Technology – Subsurface Technology Centre, the O’Reilly Group at the University of Birmingham and Kernow Analytical Technology Ltd (KAT), is the winner of the RSC Industry-Academia Collaboration Award for 2018.

The project started in 2010, following a BP study session organised by the then BP Chief Chemist, Vernon C. Gibson. BP was interested in developing polymer particles to reversibly block high permeability zones in oil reservoirs, to give enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The initial collaboration between BP and the O’Reilly Group utilised reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) to synthesise and screen a range of thermo-responsive zwitterionic polymers.

Two years into the project, application testing under porous flow (sand-pack tests) were required to assess the technology and KAT joined the team to develop the appropriate test equipment and procedures. The next four years successfully proved the concept, which now has 1 granted patent [WO 2018/015222] and 3 pending patents. Although conventional RAFT synthesis contributed much understanding to the project, the technique was not suitable for application but led to a joint paper in Polymer Chemistry.

In 2014 a key breakthrough in the project was realised when a 2-stage production process was developed by the team. This allowed the tuning of the response temperature of the particle to be simply adjusted. This has led to the likely realisation of a commercially viable manufacturing route.

The current stage of the project is moving towards manufacture on the tonne-scale and a field trial.

Dr Neil Chilcott and Dr James Cowan with a sand pack coilDr Neil Chilcott and Dr James Cowan

KAT’s Managing Director, Dr Neil Chilcott, said “I am extremely pleased that the RSC has chosen to recognise this close collaboration between a major oil operator, an internationally respected academic group and a small service company such as ourselves, and the integrated way we have tackled such a complex issue to allow its potential to be realised.

In addition to thanking the primary investigators, Emma Chapman (BP) and Rachel O’Reilly (University of Birmingham), for inviting us to bring our application testing experience and expertise to the project, my thanks go to everyone in the KAT Laboratory and Engineering teams who have contributed to the project over the past 6 years, and in particular to our porous media testing lead, Dr James Cowan.”

AFS and KAT Announce New Partnership

London-based Assured Flow Solutions (AFS) have announced a unique new partnership with Kernow Analytical Technology (KAT), allowing both companies to expand their integrated laboratory testing and flow assurance engineering services to clients throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The move is a natural next step for AFS, who has experienced exceptional growth since its London-based engineering office opened in May 2017.

“We’re thrilled to partner with KAT to bring the full capabilities and expertise of AFS to Europe and beyond,” said Tony Spratt, Managing Partner of AFS. “We have long believed that providing integrated flow assurance, production chemistry, and laboratory testing under one roof leads to better insight, and we’re pleased to work with one of the most respected names in the industry to offer that value to more clients around the world.”

Through the partnership, KAT will receive flow assurance engineering support in service of their clients, and AFS will supplement its own world-class laboratory testing services with equipment and capabilities from KAT. Together, they will be equipped to provide not only insights, but outcomes, helping clients worldwide achieve greater efficiency, sustainability, safety, and profitability.

KAT Managing Director, Dr. Neil Chilcott, said: “This formal partnership is an exciting evolution of the working relationship we’ve built over the past 15 years. We share similar approaches, philosophies, and aspirations, and we’re excited not only to provide data for our clients, but to make a real difference in the productivity and performance of their projects.”

In addition to allowing both companies to offer a full suite of engineering and laboratory testing services, AFS and KAT will jointly pursue R&D and new technology, training and staff development, and new business opportunities around the globe.

ABOUT AFS: AFS is a privately-owned flow assurance specialist company whose vision is to redefine flow assurance by providing holistic and integrated production chemistry, flow assurance engineering and production system optimisation services to the oil and gas industry. AFS was recognized by Houston Business Journal and Inc. Magazine in 2016 as one of the fastest-growing companies in both Houston and the United States.

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