GE technology center in Oklahoma City already developing more efficient processes in energy

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2016 By: Adam Wilmouth Source: NewsOK

Less than three months after moving into the new GE Oil and Gas Technology Center in Oklahoma City, researchers already have developed tools and processes to make the energy industry more efficient, researchers said at the facility's grand opening Wednesday.

GE employees moved into the new research center on July 18, but the company has been operating in leased space in downtown Oklahoma City for nearly three years. The new research center and its laboratory space have allowed researchers to further develop their concepts, said Mike Ming, general manager of the Oklahoma City technology center.

"We've had teams in from all around the world to look at our capabilities and the uniqueness of the facility," he said. "We've entered into agreements with local operators and universities. That's in addition to agreements in place with our global partners previously."

Researchers have developed and tested a prototype pump designed to push oil from deep underground to the surface that is powered only by saltwater produced along with oil and natural gas, said Jeremy Van Dam, a senior product solutions project manager.

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