Total and Google Cloud partner on AI to drive exploration
The French oil and gas firm, Total, has announced its partnership with Google’s cloud computing platform to develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.
The solutions will be used for subsurface data analysis of oil and gas explorations and production.
The two companies will target subsurface image interpretation with their AI technologies, particularly honing in on seismic studies through Computer Vision technology.
Total and Google Cloud will also focus on automating the analysis of technical documents by using Natural Language Processing technology.
Through the solutions, geologists, geophysicists, reservoir and geo-information engineers at Total will be able to asses oil and gas fields more efficiently.
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As part of the deal, the geoscientists will work with machine learning experts at Google Cloud in California.
“Total is convinced that applying artificial intelligence in the oil and gas industry is a promising avenue to be explored for optimizing our performance, particularly in subsurface data interpretation,” explained Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Senior Vice President of Group CTO at Total.
“We are excited to work with Google Cloud towards this goal. This builds on the strategy being developed at Total, where A.I. is already used, for example, in predictive maintenance at facilities.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Total in our Advanced Solutions Labs for the development of A.I. solutions,” stated Paul-Henri Ferrand, President of Global Customer Operations at Google Cloud.
“We are keen to engage our best A.I. engineers to work with Total’s geosciences’ experts,” he added.
Global Offshore rebrands Enelift and invests in global hubs
Global Offshore has rebranded Enelift and will invest "a seven-figure sum" in establishing new support hubs in Houston, Dubai, Singapore, Perth and the Caspian during the next six months.
The investment will cover oil, gas and renewables, mainly concentrating on manufacturing capability with associated R&D, as well as in stock held in the hubs.
The company’s flagship Hinge Lok technology provides aluminium, non-welded light weight transportation cradle for casing and tubing. Enelift now plans to enhance its offering by augmenting its existing solutions with robotics and remote operational and training technology, which will reduce manpower for handling offshore equipment that is transported and stored using the Hinge Lok system.
Enelift is partnering with "a Japanese robotics company" and the technology will be trialed with "a Norwegian operator on a Norwegian drilling rig", according to a statement.
Operating from its bases in Aberdeen, UK and Esbjerg, Enelift was founded by 35-year industry veteran and Managing Director Paul Brebner 10 years ago to offer the offshore energy industries safe, reliable and efficient storage and transportation of equipment.
The expansion plans are bolstered by the appointment of Jim Clark of the Craigendarroch Group to Chairman, and Adam Maitland to Non-Executive Director. Maitland is the Managing Director of Hutcheon Mearns IF, and brings his wealth of expertise in the field of corporate finance.
Brebner said Enelift may be a new name in the market, but the experience it brings is "industry renowned".
"Our solutions are underpinned by safety that enables inefficiencies and their associated costs to be eradicated – meaning operational personnel can focus doing what they do best, safely. We remain committed to providing the safest storage and transportation solutions for equipment in the sector as we grow our global operations," he said.
Clark said the market is changing and its solutions fully support customers’ economic and safety aspirations.
"We are very well placed to take full advantage of increasing opportunities in the Middle East, Africa, Far East and Americas. Safety is our absolute commitment to our customers and our support hubs will facilitate this. Aligning our identity to our entire offering ensures that we will drive our expansion through new products and global support sites across the rest of this year."