China National Petroleum
Drilling wells efficiently
Together with China National Petroleum Corporation, we formed the Sirius Well Manufacturing Services joint venture to develop a highly-automated well manufacturing system to drill for gas resources trapped tightly in dense rock – a process that requires many small wells. The technology aims to reduce the environmental footprint of drilling and better manage logistics.
We work closely with Cyber Hawk – an aerial inspection and surveying company that uses remotely-operated aerial vehicles (ROAVs) popularly called “drones” – to inspect locations such as refineries and chemical plants. ROAVs can easily inspect places that are hard for people to reach, helping them stay safe while saving time and reducing the need for plants to be shut down for inspection.
Data processing to see more clearly beneath the surface
Shell works closely with Intel on high-performance computing technologies that help to gather, process and visualise more data in more detail. Our partnership addresses current and future seismic data-processing challenges and informs Shell’s decisions related to technology and investment in new algorithms.
Monitoring oil and gas production using fibre optics
We partner with aerospace company Qinetiq in the use of fibre optics to sense production in oil and gas fields, and for field monitoring. Fibre-optic sensing technology can detect even minute changes in the physical conditions of oil and gas production equipment. With this information, engineers can precisely adjust controls and help boost production. The system is also compact and able to operate in a wide range of temperatures.
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