Shell's sponsorship of the Second Kuwait International Petroleum Conference & Exhibition (KIPCE) 2005 marks the most recent activity in the company's commitment to sharing its knowledge and technology on reducing the environmental impact of oil and gas operations on a regional and global level.
The conference, entitled 'Meeting Future Demand through
Wise Decisions', saw two international Shell experts
share the latest developments in sustainable water
management, a key area in reducing the oil industry's
'Excess water is the largest by-product in oil and gas
production and the main criterion for abandoning oil and
gas wells,' said Dr. Zara Khatib, Manager for Technology
Deployment in Shell International Exploration and
'This presents an environmental challenge on two levels
since produced water is at once a potential pollutant as
well as a wasted resource,' she added.
'Research into and the application of water technologies
associated with oil and gas exploration is leading to
important developments in increasing the amount of water
available for the region while reducing the
environmental impact of exploration,' she said.
Mohammed Al-Habsi, Surveillance Reservoir Engineer in
the Oman/Shell joint venture Petroleum Development Oman
(PDO) said, 'Following 35 years of oil production, our
current research is resulting in a greater understanding
and application of research tools in water flood
behaviour that will ultimately lead to more sustainable
The Oman/Shell joint venture, focusing on water flood
behaviour in different reservoir layers of one of Oman's
largest and oldest oil fields, has produced the
country's largest data acquisition programme to-date.
'The gathered data will enable us to stay at the
forefront of technological developments, giving enormous
economical, technical, environmental and social benefits
in the Gulf region and on a broader global level,' said
Shell experts from a range of disciplines are applying
cutting- edge technologies to locate water reservoirs,
track water movements, control production and manage
Shell's commitment to sharing its expertise is part of
the international oil company's international knowledge
and technology sharing programme.
Other recent activities include Pieter Kapteijn, Smart
Fields Programme Manager at Shell International E&P,
highlighting a growing need in Kuwait and the Gulf
region for 'Smart Oil fields'. His presentation at the
3rd GCC/EU Advanced Technology Conference, stressed the
importance of utilising 'smart discovery' electronic
hardware and software to improve the efficiency of
pinpointing oil and gas reserves, thus minimizing the
disturbance of drilling.
AME Info, United Arab Emirates: Shell applies technology to reduce environmental impact of oil industry: Monday 26 December 2005
Environmental impact of the oil and gas industry can be significantly reduced through the use of technology and information gathering, says international oil company Shell.
Kuwait: 2 hours, 37 minutes ago
|From left to right: Dr. Yousef Sayed Khalaf, Organizing Committee Chairman KIPCE 2005, Dr. Zara Khatib, Manager for Technology Deployment in Shell International Exploration and Production (E&P), Dr. Ken Taylor, Chairman of Shell in Kuwait, and Mr. Mohammed Al-Habsi, Surveillance Reservoir Engineer in the Oman/Shell joint venture Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), at the Kuwait International Petroleum Conference & Exhibition (KIPCE) 2005 held in Kuwait earlier this month.|