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Biomedical technologies to be used on Qatar oil fields

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Staff writer ▼ | February 18, 2013
Oil fieldQatar Petroleum (QP), Total E&P Qatar and Q Analytica signed a Joint Research and Development Agreement on Petroleum Profiling, a technology used to characterize the chemical composition of crude oil.

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 research project of QP, Total and Q Analytica will study the possibility of acquiring the new technologies currently applied in the biomedical field and then using them in oil and gas operations to enhance the oil fingerprinting task, making it easier, faster and more sensitive.

"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," said Al-Ghanim, who is also the chairman of QP's Research and Technology Steering Committee.

Qatar"We are very pleased to sign this new research agreement on the geochemistry of carbonate reservoirs with Qatar Petroleum and Q Analytica. This follows a previous agreement signed last year with Qatar Petroleum on acid stimulation. This clearly shows the will of Total to share its research and technology with Qatari partners in general and particularly with Qatar Petroleum," said Mr. Stéphane Michel, managing director of Total E&P Qatar.

"Our underlying analytical technology has been adopted in a wide range of biomedical programmes, including the world's largest rapid vaccine development programme, but the Rapid Petroleomic Profiling programme is our first in this vital sector and offers the potential to transform our ability to analyse hydrocarbons in real-time as they are delivered to the oil well," said John Hassard, general manager of Q Analytica.

The joint research project will be implemented in three phases, and it comes in accordance with the R&D strategy of QP in knowledge transfer and technologies development. The research work will be undertaken at the laboratories of QP and Total at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).

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