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A better world

A subsoil challenge


Identifying new reservoirs more accurately

In a world with increasing energy demands, it has become more important than ever to research and create technologies to find new supply sources.
Thanks to advances in technology and the hard work put in by the research team at the Repsol Technology Lab, reservoirs that were previously inaccessible are now more accessible.

Locating new reservoirs 15 times faster

The planet’s subsoil is a great mystery that we are trying to solve by creating new technology that will help us understand it better. Our efforts to respect this environment led to us coming up with the Kaleidoscope Project, technology based on chips that enable us to explore the subsoil using seismic imaging. These images give us a better understanding of the Earth’s interior, while the chips analyze them faster and without the need to drill through the surface.

From the smallest to the biggest

We have created technology that enables us to work out the chances of finding a reservoir and analyze its characteristics. This is crucial for us to know what steps to take next.

The Sherlock Project enables us to analyze small rock samples, measuring just millimeters or even nanometers in size, and use this information to produce lithologic 3D models on a larger scale.

The Watson Supercomputer, another member on the team

We know how important it is to study all the factors in play in a reservoir, and this means hundreds of thousands of bits of data, documents, and reports need to be analyzed. Watson is a supercomputer that not only carries out these analyses, it also searches for trends and connections between the data to propose the most adequate hypotheses and solutions at any given time. It can build conceptual and geological models, as well as explore hypothetical environments.

This is made possible thanks to the Pegasus-Excalibur Project, developed in cooperation with IBM to apply cognitive technology to the oil industry for the first time on an international scale. It is cognitive because it makes it possible for computer to understand, reason, and learn. With this project, we will make interaction between humans and computers more efficient and productive. But most of all, it has allowed us to make better decisions and increase our success rate.

Overcoming the challenge with innovation

At Repsol, we believe in developing the sector by taking as a base the innovation applied at each stage of the process. This determination is what gives our exploration wells a higher-than-average success rate in the sector.