G E O S C I E N C E S Gene Kliewer • Houston
New Australia reservoir lab
opens for Schlumberger
The Schlumberger Reservoir Laboratory in
Brisbane, Australia, is now open. The 10,000-
sq ft (929-sq m) facility can provide a set of
rock mechanical evaluation services including
core handling, model calibration, interpretation, core measurements, and analysis and
The facility joins Schlumberger’s laboratory network of more than 25 facilities, and
will work with the Queensland University of
Technology on reservoir characterization.
“The new facility brings rock analysis expertise and integrated solutions that enable
oil and gas operators to determine reserves in
place and better design and optimize stimulation operations,” said Sameh Hanna, president, Schlumberger Testing Services. “The
timely delivery of accurate reservoir characterization information is essential in reducing
project risk, simplifying operations, and improving feld productivity.”
BP has opened a new facility in Houston
to house what the company described as the
world’s largest supercomputer for commercial research.
The new Center for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) will be the hub to process and
manage geophysical data across BP’s portfolio. The 110,000-sq ft ( 10,219-sq m) center, located on the campus of BP’s US headquarters,
houses computing capability of more than 2. 2
petafops, total memory of 1,000 terabytes, and
disk space of 23. 5 petabytes.
“This facility is the foundation upon which
we will continue to fnd and produce energy
that would have gone untapped just a few
years ago,” said Jackie Mutschler, BP’s head
of upstream technology, at a ceremony marking the opening.
BP said the enhanced computing capability
will allow the company to better appraise new
fnds and manage complex reservoirs, while
enabling research into other business areas
such as refning and enhanced oil recovery.
“It is the largest supercomputer for research in America, and it’s going to take seismic to the next level,” said James Dupree,
BP’s COO of research and technology.
During a tour of the facility, designed by HOK,
CHPC manager Keith Gray said the complex
would foster “vital” collaboration among the
company’s research teams and seismic experts.
Over coming weeks, BP will relocate more
than 3,000 computing systems from its previous supercomputing facility, which had reached
maximum power and cooling capacity, into the
new building, he said. The new center opened
with around 2,500 computers and has a peak
power draw of 2. 5 MW, expandable to 7. 25 MW.
John Etgen, BP distinguished advisor for
seismic imaging, said he expects the need
for high-performance computing capacity
to continue growing. “The demand is to improve (images) to allow us to operate more
effciently and to fnd new resources. We are
always pushing the limits of what we can do.”
Seismic projects under way
TGS, in partnership with BGP, is acquiring 2D seismic, gravity, and magnetic multi-client surveys offshore Madagascar using
the M/V Challenger. The surveys, MAJ- 13
and MS- 14, will add 7,025 km ( 4,365 mi) of
new 2D seismic data to extend and infll the
existing 33,315 km ( 20,701 mi) of 2D data
acquired by TGS in the region. Data processing will be by TGS’ Clari-Fi broadband
processing technology. Final data will be
available to clients starting in 3Q 2014.
CGG will acquire a large high-end seismic
acquisition survey in the Mexican waters of
the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of Pemex. The
survey is Phase 5 in Pemex’s Centauro program, the largest-ever proprietary 3D wide-azimuth program to be conducted worldwide.
Phase 5 will add another 6,850 sq km ( 2,645 sq
mi) of data to the existing 25,000 sq km ( 9,653
sq mi) already acquired since Centauro began
in October 2010. The survey will be acquired
by the Oceanic Vega and Oceanic Sirius, CGG’s
two state-of-the-art 20-streamer vessels. The
project is expected to be completed in March
Dolphin has won two 4D seismic contracts over producing felds in the North
Sea. The contracts have been entered into
with an undisclosed international oil company. Dolphin will use the 3D vessel Artemis
Arctic for these two surveys that are scheduled to start in April 2014.
CGG contracted to
operate Diskos database
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)
and oil companies in the Diskos group have
contracted CGG for operation of seismic databases from 2015-2020.
The Diskos database is a shared way to
store and to distribute seismic, well, and production data from the Nor wegian shelf. Diskos
holds nearly 600 terabytes of digital seismic,
well and production data from the Norwegian
shelf, and data volumes are expected to grow
over the next few years. Data in the databases
is accessed via a secure, high-speed communications network, and will be stored in Green
Mountain on the island of Rennesøy in Roga-land County.
CGG will work with partners Kadme and
Evry to use existing solutions as well as specially adapted software. •
SynthRock plugin released by dGB Earth Sciences. A software module that combines forward modeling, rock physics, and inversion is now available from dGB Earth Sciences. The
plugin, named SynthRock, is part of Opend Tect 4. 6, a toolkit for making and using forward
models in qualitative and quantitative seismic interpretations. According to dGB, SynthRock
uses simple wedge models and cross-sections created from interpolated (pseudo-) wells to
build workflows and create “what if” scenarios. These wedge models can lead to advanced
reservoir characterization workflows using cross-plots, probability density functions, or the
HitCube inversion approach. Other features include the ability to build Monte Carlo simulations; to generate prestack synthetic seismic data using ray tracing, reflectivity calculations,
cross-over handling, frequency-domain convolution; and the ability to modify parameters on
the fly to analyze the response on the seismic data. “With the forward modeling of synthetic
seismic data enabling interpreters to separate true hydrocarbon anomalies from false positives and make more accurate reservoir predictions, SynthRock comes at a vital time for the
industry,” said dGB Earth Services CEO Kristofer Tingdahl.