One of TomCo Energy plc’s (LON:TOM) technology partners is confident that an optimal design for the company’s innovative oil recovery method is now nearer, amid new modelling following a recent field test.
In September, a programme using RF transmitters proved effective in heating shale deposits and subsequent desktop work has added confidence to the venture.
TomCo previously communicated that its partner TurboShale needed to further optimise the RF technology alongside Continental Electronics, the manufacturer of the RF antennas, and, it is now believed that they have identified areas of the system to refine.
Work to achieve this is now underway, Tomco noted.
"Continental Electronics have confirmed they are confident that on completion of the modeling work they will have identified the optimum design for the antenna and the transmission lines from the transmitter,” said John Potter, Tomco chief executive.
“This will allow the maximum power to be delivered by the antenna and so heat the shale formation in a more defined and efficient manner. The modeling will be invaluable moving forwards in optimising the antenna design.
“We, along with our partners, remain committed to the continuing development and are confident in the technology and its capabilities."
Refining the RF
TomCo noted that one area requiring refinement is the transmission of the RF power from the RF transmitter through the wellheads which, along with other technical details, would mean that changes to the wellhead design will likely be needed.
Continental Electronics has begun work to identify the optimum design of the antenna. It is expected that this will take a month to complete.
Findings will help develop the transmission connection from the RF transmitters to the antenna through the wellhead – Tomco will subsequently seek optimisations of the wellhead.