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The Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre (MO-RTC) is focused on applied research and technology development to help maximise the long term production potential of Qatar’s Al-Shaheen field and to deliver the greatest value from its hydrocarbon resources.
Maersk Oil is investing up to USD 100 million over ten years to conduct research at the centre which creates practical, innovative and applicable solutions to clearly defined problems in oil and gas production.
The MO-RTC also embodies our commitment to supporting Qatar in achieving its National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030) of a competitive, diversified and knowledge based economy.
The MO-RTC is supporting collaborations between academia and the energy sector and in turn is developing the capabilities of Qatar’s research community and leading educational institutions.
Horizontal well technologyOur specialists are working on projects to improve well design and operation and developing bespoke technologies for conformance control, well abandonment and improved oil recovery (IOR).
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR)Projects include the detailed study of gas injection, chemical flooding and thermal EOR, in addition to reservoir characterisation via the Digital Core Laboratory.
Digital Core LaboratoryThe highly complex pore structures of Al-Shaheen’s reservoirs exhibit variable permeability. By combining Micro-computer tomography (CT), 2D mineral mapping and sophisticated algorithms to conduct core analysis, we’re developing detailed 3D core representations to better map and predict how fluids move through reservoir rock and to improve the effectiveness of recovery techniques.
Marine environmentResearch focuses on assessing and minimising the impact of our operations in order to help preserve Qatar’s rich marine biodiversity. In collaboration with Qatar’s Ministry of Environment, the Qatar Whale Shark Research Project is improving our understanding of the world’s largest fish, which aggregate in large numbers in the Al-Shaheen field.