WaveLIFT has secured funding of over GBP1 million to further develop its Artificial Lift pump technology for the oil and gas sector. The funding is led by Scottish business angel investment syndicate, Archangels, with co-investment from Scottish Enterprise and a private investor.
Based in Stirling, Scotland, WaveLIFT was launched in 2016 to develop conceptual down-hole pump designs for the Artificial Lift arena of the oil and gas industry. This technology is in high demand with 90% of wells requiring a form of Artificial Lift – which is the use of an artificial means to increase the flow of crude oil, water or gas from a production well.
WaveLIFT, is headed up by industry veteran, Steve Bruce, formerly Chief Executive of Darcy and Schlumberger, and Simon Munro, formerly of Business Growth Fund (BGF) and equity firm Lime Rock Partners, where he was Chairman. The funding will seek to further develop the technology to address the significant demand from both the conventional and unconventional oil and gas markets which are looking for highly efficient Artificial Lift technology.
Commenting on the funding round, Steve Bruce, Chief Executive of WaveLIFT, says: “The need for exploiting the world’s remaining oil reserves has never been greater. With increased exploration costs and reduced profit margins forcing operators to maximise returns from existing portfolios, we are well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity through our innovative Artificial Lift products.
“This is an exciting time for WaveLIFT and we are thrilled that our investors are supporting the next stage of our business. Having the funding support of Archangels, the Scottish Investment Bank and private investment will allow us to continue to grow and commercialise our business.”
Niki McKenzie, Investment Director at Archangels, adds: “Archangels’ investors were keen to lead this funding for WaveLIFT who now require support to meet the growing demand for artificial lift products in the oil & gas sector. Their product is innovative and unique and it has gained positive feedback from some major players in sector. We have been providing growth capital and investing in start-up companies in Scotland for a quarter of a century and we are proud to have WaveLIFT in our portfolio of exciting businesses.”