Solvay, Petroleum Institute jointly improve Abu Dhabi oil fields

Solvay, Petroleum Institute to jointly improve Abu Dhabi oil fields

5:52 AM, 9th June 2016
Solvay, Petroleum Institute to jointly improve Abu Dhabi oil fields
Representatives of Solvay Group and Petroleum Institute at the signing ceremony.

ABU DHABI, UAE: Solvay Group has signed a technical research services agreement with the Petroleum Institute University and Research Center (PI), for bringing in new technologies to improve oil fields in Abu Dhabi.

Under the agreement, PI will establish an automated chemical enhanced oil recovery (EOR) formulation laboratory in Abu Dhabi. The laboratory will replicate proprietary robotic technologies and workflows that have been developed by Solvay in its laboratory of the future (LOF). These technologies and workflows have been successfully implemented in some of the world’s most challenging oil fields.

In addition, PI will utilize Solvay’s extensive market know-how and expertise to customize and optimize chemical systems for the unique Abu Dhabi oil fields. Solvay’s high-end technology equipment will be installed in PI’s brand new R&D facility, where PI staff will be trained on Solvay’s LOF. PI and Solvay intend to establish a long-term collaborative partnership with the aim of bringing the latest EOR technologies to the fields of Abu Dhabi through joint research and field applications.

“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to developing long-term relationships with our key partners, including through the transfer of sensitive technology. We believe this partnership will help accelerate the deployment of EOR technology in Abu Dhabi’s challenging oil fields, and will support ADNOC in materializing its ambitious 70 percent recovery target,” said David Sorin, VP of EOR, Solvay.

“Implementing this cutting-edge unique screening platform to our PI will not only facilitate the selection of chemical products adapted to numerous research applications but will also contribute to the development of an innovation skillset for our students, undergraduate and graduate alike,” said Dr Thomas Hochstettler, president of PI.

“The implementation of this unique automated formulation platform at PI will be the first tool to develop the research synergy between Solvay, PI and ADNOC group companies, combining the experience of a chemical manufacturer with those of academic researchers and engineers in the field. This type of collaboration should shorten the time between the discovery of efficient innovative processes and their development and deployment in the field,” said Dr Marc Michel Durandeau, senior VP, R&D in PI.

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