Jeremy Cresswell, 4th June 2012
ITF is inviting technology developers to come forward with innovative solutions for enhanced sub-basalt imaging and novel borehole seismic sources, with the potential for successful proposals to receive up to 100% funding.
The Aberdeen-based Industry Technology Facilitator, with a membership of 29 international operators and service companies, has issued two global calls for proposals following foresighting of continued challenges faced by the oil and gas industry whilst exploring for hydrocarbons.
The sub-basalt imaging call is an invitation for organisations to submit high quality proposals for research, development and field trials of potential solutions.
Specific areas of interest identified by ITF members requires the development of a three-dimensional elastic finite difference model which can be used by industry to benchmark new acquisition and processing techniques. The challenge has to be tackled using combined geology and geophysics and the initial model must take into account intrusive and extrusive sill geometries.
Similarly, the borehole seismic sources call has been issued to attract proposals for novel technologies which can address a wide range of applications such as: seismic while drilling for exploration and development, as well as downhole sources for cross-well seismic tomography, enhanced reservoir imaging and permanent reservoir monitoring.
A testing programme will be prepared at the Michigan Technological University test facility for the successful technologies under the direction of Prof Roger Turpening.
The deadlines for proposals are June 18, 2012, for the sub-basalt imaging call and June 30, 2012, for the borehole seismic sources call. Visit www.itfenergy.com for details.