$1 million research facility for offshore oil and gas technologies opens at NUS

Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry S Iswaran (middle) takes a look at a multiphase flowmeter prototype during a tour of the NUS Multiphase Flow Loop Facility on Oct 15, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry S Iswaran (middle) takes a look at a multiphase flowmeter prototype during a tour of the NUS Multiphase Flow Loop Facility on Oct 15, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - The National University of Singapore (NUS) opened a new $1 million facility on Wednesday to test novel technologies for the offshore oil and gas sector.

The Multiphase Flow Loop Facility will study issues relating to the piping of complex mixtures of oil, water and gas in offshore oil and gas producers, and develop new ways to manage them.

It is co-funded by the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), and is one of only about 10 such facilities in the world.

Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry S Iswaran, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, officially opened the facility.

He said that it would help Singapore "seize growth opportunities" in the oil and gas sector, and allow for more collaboration between industry and the nation's universities and research centres.

The oil and gas sector employs more than 10,000 workers and accounts for about five per cent of Singapore's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

NUS also launched a petroleum engineering professorship programme on Wednesday. Co-funded by the EDB and industry partners, the programme will appoint three faculty members to support the development of a new petroleum engineering specialisation within NUS' existing Master of Science (Offshore Technology) programme.