Early, accurate forecasting for optimised treatment strategies
Rapidly recovering leaks and cracks in civil structures, joints and pipelines
Technologies for a greener, cleaner, decarbonized world
Academic and Research Partners include:
We have a long, proud history of working with The University of Manchester. In 2019, our founder and managing director, Dr Bob Eden, was appointed an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The appointment was made in recognition of Bob’s work in the field of well integrity and geomicrobiology. Before establishing Rawwater in 2000, Bob worked at The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), where his technologies included corrosion, subsea engineering and oilfield souring. Before that, while at UMIST spin-out company CAPCIS, Bob co-authored ‘Oilfield Reservoir Souring’ in association with Professor Patrick J Laycock (UMIST) and Mike Fielder (BP Exploration). An Offshore Technology Report, Oilfield Reservoir Souring was produced on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive.
The University of Manchester, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
In association with Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Research Fellow, Dr Sophie Nixon, and Geomicrobiology Group lead, Professor Jon Lloyd, we are actively investigating the microbiology of hydraulically fractured shales. Our work with the Department aims to provide a better understanding of the behaviour of these microbial communities, including whether or not their colonization of fractures reduces total gas yields, what effect pressure and temperature (P/T) have on microbial metabolic processes, the potential interaction of pyrite with oxidising additives – and if shale geochemistry has the potential to sustain microbial communities long after additives have depleted. We are also sponsoring a number of full-time and part-time PhD students involved in the study of the microbiology of both conventional and unconventional energy.
Rawwater is collaborating with the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, a research institute within The University of Manchester, on a number of projects. The most significant surrounds our creation of a flagship Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) R&D Hub to assist the UK in becoming a global leader in understanding the microbiology of carbon capture storage environments and to help expedite the Government’s Net Zero 2050 target. Working in collaboration with the Institute, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Research Fellow, Dr Sophie Nixon and her team, we will simulate underground carbon capture storage environments, study the effects of subsurface microbiological activity on CO2 storage, and develop essential mitigation tools and strategies.
Rawwater is collaborating with Lancaster University across a number of areas. For example, we are working closely with the Materials Science Institute’s Greater Innovation for Smarter Materials Optimisation (GISMO) programme to develop new testing protocols and processes. We are also assisting in the development of tomorrow’s graduates through a number of novel final-year Physics projects.
Committed to using sustainable manufacturing processes, we have partnered with The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre, part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland. This is to consider any potential environmental impact resulting from our business activities, and to inform future business decisions.