Oil giant funds Cambridge institute

BP Amoco is to sponsor an institute at Cambridge University to research multiphase flow of oil and gas. The institute, which will receive £25m from the company as a phased grant, will focus on how oil and gas flows in underground reservoirs and through pipes. Its research will also be applicable to multiphase flow behaviour […]

BP Amoco is to sponsor an institute at Cambridge University to research multiphase flow of oil and gas.

The institute, which will receive £25m from the company as a phased grant, will focus on how oil and gas flows in underground reservoirs and through pipes. Its research will also be applicable to multiphase flow behaviour in reactors.

`The work will be relevant across our whole span of business,’ a BP Amoco spokesman said. The institute will publish the results of its research.

The venture will initially cover five university departments: earth sciences; engineering; chemical engineering; chemistry and applied mathematics.

It will be led by Peter Smith, a BP Amoco director on secondment, and Andrew Woods, a professor of petroleum sciences.

The institute will be housed in a purpose-built centre in West Cambridge, powered by solar panels manufactured by BP Solarex. The panels are expected to be ready by late summer in 2000.

The project is part of a plan to `widen and deepen’ the company’s relationship with the university, said BP Amoco chief executive Sir John Browne.

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