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At Repsol we use the latest science and technology to find deep-sea oil and gas reserves, respecting the natural environment.

The aim of the Kaleidoscope project is to discover hydrocarbon deposits 15 times faster than other companies in the sector.

What exactly does the Kaleidoscope project entail?

The Kaleidoscope Project came about in 2007 to develop algorithms and software capable of processing seismic images of drilling 15 times faster than other companies in the sector thanks to a new generation of processors. In this way we use the latest science and technology to find deep-sea oil and gas reserves, respecting the natural environment.

What does this technology consist of?

It is a means of obtaining seismic images of drilling in marine subsoil using techniques similar to those used in echography. This raises the accuracy level of seismic images, thus reducing uncertainty in the search for oil and gas thousands of metres below the subsoil and placing Repsol  at the cutting-edge of exploration in complex zones with large residual reserves. It is estimated that in these areas (in the US Gulf of Mexico or the deep and ultra-deep waters of Brazil) there are more than 100 billion barrels of oil equivalent. And technology now enables us to access these reserves.

Who collaborates with Repsol?

The Kaleidoscope project is a technological initiative headed by Repsol which involves the participation of some of the best geophysicists and systems engineers from Spain and the United States. It has been designed by Repsol together with 3DGeo, the leading company in obtaining seismic images, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, which has the Marenostrum supercomputer, one of the 100 most powerful supercomputers in the world. Also collaborating with Repsol are IBM, CSIC, the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña and the North American Stanford University. 

How has the project been received internationally?

The North American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an organisation known for monitoring new technologies, considers the Kaleidoscope Project to be one of the five most innovative projects in the world. And Repsol received an award from the magazine Computer World for this project, for its impact on the business. We were also finalists in the annual Creativity in Electronics Awards and in the Innovation Awards awarded by the magazine Petroleum Economist.


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