By Wichit Chaitrong
PTTEP has been undertaking research and development in exploration and production technology to maximize the value from its core business while at the same time seeking new business opportunities including Al & Robotic and future energy technologies, Under the company’s “Energy Partner of Choice” vision, PTTEP continues to grow partnerships with state agencies, education institutions and private companies locally and internationally to invent technologies and increase capabilities. The main focus areas are:
1. Subsurface Technology
2. Engineering and Production Technology
3. Al &Robotics Technology
4. Future Energy Technology
PTTEP technologies showcased at Adipec 2019 include Subsurface Technology, Engineering and Production Technology and Al & Robotics Temihnology as follows;
Inspection-class Autonomous Underwater Vehicle - IAUV
IAUV performs underwater inspection tasks on equipment such as pipelines by travelling and hovering along the pipeline tracks autonomously, which could reduce dependency on crew personnel and a support vessel. By removing those factors from the inspection process, a significant amount –up to 50 per cent – of the inspection cost can be saved. The IAUV is suitable for routine inspection tasks and helps increase facility integrity by increasing inspection coverage and frequency.
IAUV has been developed by Al and Robotics Ventures Company Limited (ARV), a PTTEP subsidiary, in collaboration with Kasetsart University, the National University of Singapore, and private companies. It is expected to enter into commercial services in early 2020. Safe Self Loading/Unloading Adsorber Modular -- 2SLAM
The adsorption technology is designed to remove unwanted elements in natural gas liquids or condensate which is a major feedstock for petrochemical plants in Thailand. The equipment is designed to automatically replace the adsorbent without halting the production process, therefore saving time and manpower. 2SLAM can operate at both offshore platform and onshore locations. The equipment is currently in the design phase and a test run of a prototype is slated for 2020.
Sampling PIG is a technology for collecting samples from pipeline's internal surface to ensure environmentally safe condition. The advantage includes ability to collect samples at many locations within the pipeline and without a support vessel, therefore saving more than three times the costs of the conventional approach. PTTEP develops Sampling PIG technology in partnership with Dacon Inspection Services and expects to conduct field tests in 2020.
Electromagnetics is applied to determine electrical properties of a subsurface layer and monitor fluid movement. It allows for better tracking of water injected into the well for sweeping remaining oil to enhance production. Through its partnership with Mahidol University, PTTEP has developed Electromagnetics inversion software for data analysis which can generate colour-coded images
identifying locations of subsurface water and oil. The technology is currently being pilot-tested at PTTEP onshore petroleum fields.