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BP has begun operation of the Core Flood Robot, the world’s first, robotic coreflooding system. Coreflooding identifies and evaluates EOR techniques, measuring the effectiveness of injections into oil-bearing rock. The Core Flood Robot reduces the time spent developing a particular EOR technique by as much as 50%, enabling hundreds of such tests to be performed each year. The robot is operated by the same team that developed LoSal EOR, BP’s reduced-salinity waterflooding technology. More than 45 coreflood tests were performed in validating the LoSal EOR effect, before field trials were conducted in Alaska. BP and its partners are now deploying the technology at scale on the Clair Ridge project in the North Sea. BP was awarded the 2014 OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for the Clair Ridge project.

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