Oxy opens new $1 million visualisation centre

DOHA - Occidental Petroleum Qatar Ltd (Oxy) has opened a new US$1million 3D visualisation centre at its offices in Doha, integrating supercomputers, high-speed graphic systems, four screens and digital stereo projection equipment to create 3D models of the substrata from available seismic and well data.

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Published: Mon 26 May 2003, 12:35 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 9:20 PM

The new facility should enable the company to cut production costs through the most effective positioning of new wells. The Centre was inaugurated by Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry, Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, who is also Board Chairman of Qatar Petroleum. The President and Managing Director of Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd., Carey Lowe, said that work teams would now be able to rotate information to create cyber wells and to test their likely effectiveness. Oxy's Deputy General Manager, Abdul Aziz Ebrahim Al Gosaibi, said now available at the 3D visualisation Centre would enable the company to reduce risk and lower costs, while the Minister added: "This new technology will enabler us to determine the most effective means of draining reservoirs with the fewest possible wells."

Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd is to spend around $290 million on the further development of the Idd Al Shargi North Dome (ISND) and Idd El Shargi South Dome (ISSD) oilfields this year, and hopes to boost production to around 140,000bpd by 2005.

The new technology has enabled Oxy to boost production dramatically since it officially became ISND field operator eight years ago.

It began production from ISSD in 1999. With a $1 billion budget for the 2002-2006 period, the oil and gas major is scheduled to invest around $560 million in the second phase of an enhanced recovery project in the next five years. A number of new wells are also to be sunk.

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