Oil & Gas
ENERXICO aims to have an impact on the exploration, production, transport and refining areas of the oil and gas industry.
ENERXICO enables the development and application of state-of-the-art computational and experimental tools for efficient industrial-scale hydrocarbon exploitation. HPC seismic modeling and inversion codes, highly consistent with real wave physics, are enhanced and evaluated within the project. Their main application is to assist on field assessment and imaging of complex Earth models, as demanded by modern oil and gas (O&G) exploration. Multiphase flows are precisely modeled during hydrocarbon production in naturally fractured reservoirs and during pipeline transportation, by means of novel and massively parallel fluid simulators with high physical fidelity. This project also aims at suitably exploiting in-silico models of new catalysts for crude oil refinement in order to reduce the dependence on traditional time-consuming laboratory experiments. Four industrial and academic partners in Europe (REPSOL, BSC, TUM, UGA) and seven similar institutions in Mexico (PEMEX, ININ, UAM-A, UNAM-FC, UNAM-IINGEN , CINVESTAV, IMP, IPN-ESIA) are jointly working in ENERXICO to improve the O&G efficiency cycle by providing and tuning these sophisticated exploitation tools.
Mitigation of uncertainties in reservoir simulation by improving the multi-physics modules of large-scale massively parallel multiphase modeling codes, to automatically combine the effects of interrelated physical and chemical phenomena. These improvements would enable accurate simulations of the in-situ recovery processes, accounting for data provided by the industrial partners.
ENERXICO´s objectives in O&G energies:
- Explore data processing of fine meshes to capture geological features.
- Forecast hydrocarbon at reservoir scale.
- Simulate experiments that can substitute expensive real laboratory exploration for new catalysts.
"ENERXICO project, and more precisely the research about oil and gas energies, gives an extraordinary opportunity for the use of exascale technology in the oil and gas industry. The adaptation of existing techniques of seismic acquisition, survey and imaging to the HPC environment, and the introduction of native excascale computation code, will lead to the improvement of the standard workflows and the optimization of the associated costs. The scalability of the outcome of the research will allow the expansion of the developed techniques to the areas of carbon sequestration and development of low carbon energies".
Taoufik Ait-Ettajer, Subsurface Manager and Technology Projects E&P at Repsol