Chevron, Schlumberger, Total spur exploration tech development
French major Total will team up with O&G giants Chevron and Schlumberger to produce technology to meet new exploration and field challenges, the firms announced on Thursday. The partnership will involve joint efforts to develop a next-generation reservoir simulation software, INTERSECT.
INTERSECT is a field management support program. It simulates complex reservoirs, heterogeneous systems as well as fluid types and recovery processes in order to maximize field recoverable reserves.
The software went commercial in 2009, following nine years of R&D efforts between Chevron and Schlumberger.
Both firms now hope to improve the software by adding Total’s engineering resourcefulness to Chevron’s reservoir simulation capabilities and Schlumberger’s software development capabilities.
“Total will contribute with manpower and engineering resources to expand the functionality of the INTERSECT software,” head of Total’s New Reservoir Research Project Bernard Faissat told OGT. “Our teams have already been working on specific R&D projects such as Chemical EOR and improved HPC to improve the future capability of this simulator.”
“We had already provided the thermal simulation expertise which lead to the 2011 release of INTERSECT’s thermal option,” Faissat added. “We now have access to the program’s whole code base and will capitalize on that as a means to increase our competitiveness and in-house innovation.”