Reservoir simulation is a crucial tool for optimising field development schemes. Because they can handle seismic, geological and fluid data, reservoir simulators can be used to forecast the production rate of a field through its entire life. They also help Total to select the best scenario to optimise filed production and profitability.
PANGEA is a powerful new tool for our professional disciplines for seismic imaging. It's objective include faster data processing, thanks to 15 times of Total's previous computing power. More accurate images of the subsurface by using algorithms that more faithfully depict the physical realty of the geology and the possibility of testing multiple geological interpretations in complex zones.
PANGEA may also be used in disciplines such as geological basin modelling. It is the result of years of research. This supercomputer can perform 2.3 million billion operations per second, a computing power fifteen times higher than its predecessor "ROSTAND", which dates back to 2008.
Maersk Oil, which launched a digital lab early this week in
Shell recently introduced yet another innovative technique into its toolbox: Just-in-Time Slick Water (JiTSW). JiTSW reduces the environmental impact and logistical challenges posed by waster use in fracking. It also helps improve safety and reduce the equipment footprint and air pollution at the well site, since fewer diesel-powered pumping units are required.
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