South Africa opens geoscience complex

Offshore staff

CAPE TOWN, South AfricaPetroSA has become the first company to establish what it terms a “state-of-the-art” geoscience collaboration, visualization, and technology center in South Africa.

The R15 million ($1.45 million) Ulwazi (Knowledge) Collaboration and Visualisation Centre presents seismic and geological data in detailed, 3D views of subsurface formations. All disciplines of PetroSA’s upstream asset teams use the facility to assist exploration and development of oil and gas prospects.

The Ulwazi complex will be used on a daily basis to monitor and guide drilling operations for PetroSA’s Project Ikhwezi, an initiative to secure additional feedstock reserves from South Africa’s southern offshore gas fields to sustain the Mossel Bay Gas-To-Liquids (GTL) refinery.

Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo, PetroSA Group CEO, said: “Collaboration between our multi-disciplinary sub-surface teams in Ulwazi furthers our understanding and description of geological structures and reservoirs which lead to improved decision making in areas such as well placement, field development planning, and reserves estimates.”


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