Maersk Oil and TNO join forces for innovative oil production technology

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Today, Maersk Oil announced that it has established a long term collaboration agreement with TNO to jointly develop new technologies for increased oil recovery (IOR). Focus will be on long horizontal wells and increasing oil recovery through integrated operations and production optimisation. The joint research project will be located at the Qatar Science and Technology Park in Doha where both Maersk Oil and TNO have research centers.

“Maersk Oil has an ambition to become a leading oil and gas company within increased and enhanced oil recovery. By bringing together our and TNO’s experienced people, we create a research environment that will develop groundbreaking IOR technologies taking our oil recovery to a new level,” said Lewis Affleck, Managing Director, Maersk Oil Qatar.

“Development of new technologies asks for combining a thorough understanding of the industry with science and technology,” adds Anton Leemhuis, Managing Director, Qatar branch TNO. “TNO has successfully been doing this together with major international oil companies, for example, by developing and implementing intelligent production monitoring and control systems that optimise field production.”

Maersk Oil is investing USD 100 million in its research facility at the Qatar Science and Technology Park. Creating a world class research centre in the Qatar Science and Technology Park will also support Qatar’s 2030 National Vision under HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

“Mastering increased and enhanced oil recovery is key to unlocking future hydrocarbons in tight reservoirs. Our state of the art research centre forms the base for our efforts to better understand the opportunities and limitations in the Al Shaheen field in Qatar. This enlarged insight into the reservoirs will enable us to optimise our production while providing sustainable long-term benefits to the Qatari people,” said Lewis Affleck.

For more information please contact Soren Frank, Director of Maersk Oil Research & Technology Centre (MO-RTC) on+974 5581 9186

About Maersk Oil
Maersk Oil is an international oil and gas company with operated production of about 700,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day from fields in the Danish and UK North Sea, offshore Qatar, in Algeria and in Kazakhstan. Maersk Oil exploration activities are ongoing in Denmark, UK, Norway, Angola, Brazil, the US Gulf of Mexico, Greenland and Oman. Maersk Oil and its subsidiary companies are part of the Danish A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. Maersk Oil was established in 1962, when it was awarded a concession for oil and gas exploration and production in Denmark.

About Maersk Oil Qatar
In 1992, Maersk Oil was given the exploration and production rights to the Al Shaheen field. The field was deemed uneconomical and abandoned but Maersk Oil saw potential to turn this tight reservoir into a commercial success. First oil was produced within just two years and, together with Qatar Petroleum, Maersk Oil has now produced over one billion barrels of oil. The latest USD 6 billion field development plan is considered one of the world’s most complex offshore projects and included the installation of 15 new platforms, 300 km pipelines and 160 new wells. The development was delivered on time and budget.

About TNO
TNO is the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. It is one of Europe’s largest independent companies providing technology development and technical consultancy services to the industry. TNO has more than 30 years of experience in the oil & gas industry and works with operating companies and oil field service companies around the world.

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