PetroSA invests millions in South Africa's first geological technology centre
Cape Town, South Africa.
PetroSA, South Africa's National Oil Company, has become the first company in the country to establish a state-of-the-art geoscience collaboration, visualisation and technology centre, that vastly improves the chances of success in exploring for oil and gas reserves.
Constructed at a cost of R15 million, the Ulwazi (Knowledge) Collaboration and Visualisation Centre presents seismic and geological data into detailed, 3D views of subsurface formations. The facility will be utilised by all disciplines of PetroSA’s upstream asset teams in their search for, and development of oil and gas prospects. The technologies deployed in the CVE (Collaboration and Visualisation Environment) Centre enable PetroSA to make better informed and faster decisions on how to develop its upstream assets.
The Ulwazi Centre will be used on a daily basis to monitor and guide drilling operations for Project Ikhwezi, PetroSA's sustainability initiative currently being executed. Project Ikhwezi is PetroSA's flagship initiative to secure additional feedstock reserves from the southern offshore gas fields, to sustain its Mossel Bay Gas-To-Liquids (GTL) refinery.
Mr Ben Martins, the Minister of Energy, has applauded the opening of the Ulwazi Centre.
“Empirical evidence generated at the Ulwazi Centre will also assist in the Department of Energy in carrying out its policy making functions. Furthermore, the Ulwazi Centre should contribute to the country’s effort to promote Maths and Science education in the country,” he said.
“PetroSA should invite learners and students from primary schools, high schools and tertiary institutions to visit the Centre. In the long run, exposing young people to this innovation will contribute to skills development in the technology sector which is a driver of a modern economy,” Minister Martins added.
Ms Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo, the PetroSA Group CEO, said the Ulwazi Visualisation Centre will accelerate and inform operational decision making on its drilling projects. The Centre is equipped with the latest visualisation and collaboration equipment from some of the foremost technology providers in the world.
“We have confidence in the Ulwazi Centre which is already part of our daily geoscience and well progress monitoring processes. The effective use of this facility ensures that collaborative, multi—disciplinary evaluations of new drilling information and drilling events are done efficiently prior to responding to the event,” Ms Nokwe-Macamo said.
“Collaboration between our multi-disciplinary sub-surface teams in Ulwazi furthers our understanding and description of geological structures and reservoirs which lead to improved decision making in areas such as well placement, field development planning and reserves estimates,” she added.
The Ulwazi Centre will also play a vital role in training PetroSA’s next generation of upstream professionals. The establishment of the Centre is the continuation of a strong PetroSA tradition of investing in pioneering innovation. PetroSA is an acknowledged leader in technology. The company has in the past won numerous international awards for its work in pioneering Gas-To-Liquids technology.