How to clean up in the North Sea

By Ryan CrightonBusiness Editor

Published: 04/12/2013

Bosses from leading offshore companies were last night in talks over new technology which could help squeeze more than one billion extra barrels of oil out of the North Sea.

A thick gel, including compounds found in every-day washing up liquid, could be pumped into subsea reservoirs to recover the vast reserves which remain in some of the UK’s oldest fields.

Traditional methods using water to force oil from pockets underground can leave up to 65% behind.

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