Apr 26, 2018

Total and Google Cloud partner on AI to drive exploration

Technology
Oil and Gas
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Total and Google Cloud to partner on artificial intelligence solutions
The French oil and gas firm, Total, has announced its partnership with Google’s cloud computing platform to develop artificial intelligence...

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.

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Jun 21, 2021

Magellan, Enterprise and ICE unveil new futures contract

futures
Oil
trading
USA
Dominic Ellis
4 min
The Midland WTI American Gulf Coast contract is being launched in response to market interest for a Houston-based index

Magellan Midstream Partners, Enterprise Products Partners and Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) are establishing a new futures contract for the physical delivery of crude oil in the Houston area.

The Midland WTI American Gulf Coast contract is being launched in response to market interest for a Houston-based index with greater scale, flow assurance and price transparency. It will use the capabilities and global reach of ICE’s trading platform and is due to be launched by ICE by early 2022, subject to regulatory approval. 

The quality specifications of the new futures contract will be consistent with a West Texas Intermediate crude oil originating from the Permian Basin with common delivery options at either the Magellan East Houston terminal or the Enterprise Crude Houston terminal. In support of this new futures contract, Magellan and Enterprise anticipate discontinuing their existing provisions for delivery services under the current futures contracts deliverable at each terminal once the new contract receives regulatory approval and is finalised. 

“Magellan is pleased to join forces with Enterprise and ICE to offer this leading-edge joint futures contract,” said Aaron Milford, Magellan’s chief operating officer. “The new contract improves the transparency, flexibility and marketability of Midland WTI crude oil for Gulf Coast and export customers while maintaining industry-recognized quality and consistency.”

Harold Hamm, Chairman of the Board of Continental Resources and Founding Member of the American Gulf Coast Select Best Practices Task Force Association said on April 20 last year, when the Cushing, Oklahoma WTI contract traded down to -$38, it was a wake-up call to the oil industry that the storage constraints and landlocked location of the Cushing contract could no longer be ignored.

"I started the American Gulf Coast Select Best Practices Task Force to develop specifications for a new US light sweet crude oil price benchmark in the American Gulf Coast, and to advocate for its implementation and adoption as the main pricing point for the US oil markets," he said.

"We think a futures contract in the most interconnected market center in the country, with a widely accepted quality spec, which settles with guaranteed delivery of crude oil is an important new alternative for the industry. The task force has worked tirelessly to create a marker with transparency and liquidity that is waterborne for this modern era. The Midland WTI American Gulf Coast futures contract ... is a huge step forward for the industry and goes a long way to accomplishing the mission on which the task force has been working.”

Brent Secrest, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Enterprise’s general partner, said: “We are excited about this new crude oil futures contract, which features the combined strength of two extensive and complementary networks of midstream assets with a world-class trading platform to provide customers with greater supply reliability, flexibility and price transparency. 

As the market hub for Permian Basin production, Houston represents the most logical choice for a new futures contract. Between Magellan and Enterprise, we offer access to virtually all of the export capacity in the Houston region, redundant connectivity to all area refineries, a robust Gulf Coast storage position and interconnects to all of the relevant supply pipelines, including those owned by third parties.”

Jeff Barbuto, Global Head of Oil Markets at ICE, said combining efforts with Magellan and Enterprise to establish a benchmark for pricing Midland quality WTI on the Gulf Coast allows it to offer the industry a futures contract with over four million bpd of supply capacity from Midland into Houston, access to both domestic and foreign demand, and nearly 60 million barrels of storage capacity in the Magellan and Enterprise systems. 

"Traded on the same global platform as ICE Brent, Murban and Platts Dubai Crude Oil futures contracts, the new Midland WTI American Gulf Coast contract can also offer significant capital efficiencies to the industry and provide industry-leading quality that buyers have grown accustomed to in the Houston market," he said.

According to EIA forecastsglobal consumption of petroleum and liquid fuels will average 97.7 million bpd for all of 2021, a 5.4 million bpd increase from 2020. US crude oil production averaged 11.2 million bpd in March, up 1.4 million on February. 

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