Established in record time in the Herøya Industrial Park
The company OiW Process AS has established itself in the Herøya Industrial Park in record time. It took exactly one week from enquiry to moving in. – Things have been coming along in leaps and bounds since moving in here, say Susan Heldal and Albert Arches of the newly established OiW Process AS.
Albert Buer and Susan Heldal, OiW Process AS
OiW stands for "oil in water" and describes their business idea: to purify oil from produced water on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. – Produced water often contains small amounts of oil, which it is important that we remove, so that it meets the emission requirements set by the authorities. This is our contribution, through engineering services and solutions for the oil and gas industry, explains Albert Bows.
In addition to the offshore market, OiW Process wishes to enter into dialogue with the processing industry in this region and the company's new location is well suited for this purpose.
– We have already had several meetings with potential business partners and customers, including an introduction to the member companies of Telemark Offshore and a meeting with the people in Bilfinger's engineering division. They have already agreed on a collaborative project with us. The pilot concept of the Herøya Industrial Park and the industry incubator is also interesting for a company like ours, they emphasise.
Nano2021 OiW Process is an offshoot of TS Engineering, which is part of the TS Group based at Skjelsvik.
– "Separation" from TS has gone very smoothly and we are now an independent limited liability company that will extend the technology it worked with at TS. In addition, we have started a research project with several partners, including IFE, the Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology, says Susan Heldal.
They reveal that the innovation project has applied for funding from the Nano2021 programme of the Research Council of Norway, whose aim is to develop a new environmentally-friendly water treatment technology that removes micro oil droplets and minimises process chemicals from oil production.
Plenty of expertise OiW Process currently employs five members of staff: four are located in the office building in the Herøya Industrial Park and the fifth one in Molde. – We have an important customer here, Aker Midsund, and proximity to them is important, they say.
The five employees bring with them plenty of expertise and experience in R&D, engineering and the commercialisation of process technology for oil and gas. Four of them have a master's degree in environmental and energy technology and Susan Heldal, General Manager, is a mechanical engineer. Three of them have a certificate of complete apprenticeship and the employee in Molde has expertise in MEG/TEG (ethylene glycol systems) management.
Pressing ahead After a few busy weeks' focusing on the practicalities of company establishment and relocation to the Industrial Park, the company is now pressing ahead with marketing and deliveries..
They add that they have recently received a phone a call from Vekst i Grenland, asking if there is anything they (ViG) can help with. – We really appreciate such enquiries, they conclude.