Investment in EOR and IOR technologies
Marking a long-term investment in Qatar’s development and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and Improved Oil Recovery (IOR) technologies, Maersk Oil is establishing the Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre (MO-RTC) at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).
Established by Qatar’s Emir, QSTP lies at the centre of Qatar’s vision to become a knowledge-based economy, acting as a hub for research and development activities. QSTP is situated in Education City, which is home to the campuses of Qatar’s universities – providing close links to those institutions and their students.
Work at the centre will focus on technology development in horizontal wells, carbonate EOR and the offshore environment. The MO-RTC will focus primarily on conducting applied Research and Development, aimed at IOR from long horizontal wells and carbonate enhanced oil recovery (EOR). This will advance Maersk Oil’s technical capabilities to remain on the forefront of technology development.
The value of EOR to our operations is underscored by the ongoing gas injection pilot and soon-to-be commissioned Water Alternating Gas (WAG) project in the Al Shaheen field, as well an EOR feasibility study in DUC. In addition to gas EOR processes, the MO-RTC will also undertake research into developing economically viable water-based EOR methods.
Studies are also planned into the effects of offshore operations on the environment, fulfilling Maersk Oil’s commitment to finding ways of operating that reduce our environmental impact. The MO-RTC will offer training facilities for employees and local universities, helping to build cooperation with students by providing academic support and expertise. The new centre will invest up to USD 100 million in projects and studies over the next ten years, creating value to Al Shaheen's long-term development.