School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

12/12/2018 - 12:41

Technology to improve gas extraction in Queensland’s evolving coal seam gas network is being developed at The University of Queensland.

UQ researchers Dr Ingo Jahn and Dr Michael Heitzmann are developing and field-testing two devices for more efficient and cost-effective gas extraction.

“Australia’s coal seam gas fields are among the most challenging in the world,” Dr Jahn said.

“Managing the network in a safe and cost-efficient manner requires new maintenance methods and products that go beyond current  industry standards.

“The output of 7000 plus wells depleting at differing rates, the ageing network, and increasing complexities in the network require new, innovative and safe flow management solutions.”

UQ has partnered with iPipe Services to develop an in-field compression system and a more economical and re-usable riser insulator solution. 

The research is supported by an Innovation Connections grant as part of the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs' Programme.

The project has secured a combined $100,000 in funding from iPipe Services and the Federal Government to help develop the two devices.

“The two new devices will ensure that the coal seam gas gathering system remains efficient and the operation remains economical,” Dr Jahn said.

iPipe Services Chief Executive Officer Jamie Gabb said the project extends benefits well beyond gas production and construction.

“These new technologies will assist gas operators with low cost innovative solutions to enhance production and improve efficiency and safety in operation,” Mr Gabb said.

“Our partnership demonstrates the value that innovation brings to economic growth through support for industry focused engineering research and education.”

Media: UQ Communications, Paige Ashby, p.ashby@uq.edu.au, 0430 511 615; iPipe Services, Zoe Gell, zoe.gell@ipipe.com.au, 07 3252 4337.