An environmental success in Manifa
Senior management from Saudi Aramco’s Manifa Producing and the Environmental Protection departments met with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals for an update on the environmental achievements and long-term conservation projects at the company’s flagship program for environmental stewardship.
Reports from company and university officials show that not only has the company been able to build and operate a project capable of producing 900,000 barrels per day of oil while preserving the sensitive Manifa Bay environment, it has actually enhanced the shallow-water habitat.
UAVs take flight for explorationists
The search for oil and gas requires geologists and explorationists to conduct studies on outcrops of rock layers that hold hydrocarbon. Understanding the characteristics of such layers is essential in assessing their potential to hold and produce oil and gas.
There are many diff i culties that explorationists face in the field. Accessing steep, rocky outcrops in remote sections of the desert to analyze and chart the structure in pursuit of new hydrocarbon deposits is challenging and physically takes time. The formations are also often hazardous to access or climb.
To eliminate such difficulties and reduce man-hours spent in the field, Geology Technology (GTT) researchers at the EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) have been developing a new concept and are now sending unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to conduct “virtual geological field trips” easily gliding over and more accurately documenting challenging geological features and terrain. Bringing a “virtual” outcrop to the office and working with it on a computer screen is a dream that has come true.