Qatar Petroleum signs R&D agreement with Total and Q Analytica

petrol1The main objective of the project is to analyse the opportunities brought about by techniques applied in biomedical research. (Image source: Trevor MacInnis/Wikimedia Commons)Qatar Petroleum (QP), Total E&P Qatar and Q Analytica have signed a joint research and development (R&D) agreement regarding petroleum profiling

Also known as 'oil fingerprinting', petroleum profiling is used to identify and quantify all components of crude oil and to study how these components affect the properties and reactivity of that specific crude oil.

The agreement was signed by Issa Shahin Al-Ghanim, director for strategic planning and policy chairman of the research and technology steering committee at QP, Stéphane Michel, managing director of Total E&P Qatar and John Hassard, general manager of Q Analytica.

Al-Ghanim said, "This new research agreement is the second one we have with Total and we are also highly pleased to partner with Q Analytica in this project, thus allowing us to bring our resources and expertise together in developing new methodologies and technologies for the continued development of the global oil and gas industry."

The joint research project will be implemented in three phases in accordance with the R&D strategy of QP.

The main objective of the project is to analyse the opportunity in acquiring the techniques applied in biomedical research into oil and gas research fields.

The research work will be undertaken at the laboratories of QP and Total at the Qatar Science and Technology Park.

Michel commented, "We are very pleased to sign this new research agreement on the geochemistry of carbonate reservoirs with QP and Q Analytica. This follows a previous agreement signed last year with QP on acid stimulation."

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