Saudi Aramco Debuts Giga-Cell Simulation Technology

January 27, 2010 at 8:51 am Leave a comment

The Saudi Aramco EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) debuted its giga-cell reservoir simulation technology, GigaPOWERS™, Jan. 23 in front of an overflowing audience in the EXPEC Auditorium. GigaPOWERS is the second generation of Saudi Aramco’s reservoir simulator, POWERS (Parallel Oil, Water and Gas Enhanced Reservoir Simulator), which is used to simulate fluid movement in the reservoir to optimize production and injection and reservoir management.

            GigaPOWERS sets a new industry record of being able to simulate giant fields at seismic or near-seismic resolution, thus doing away with the practice of downscaling, or averaging the simulation model cells in order to reduce their number. It can simulate models in excess of one billion cells (giga-cell), producing a more accurate simulation. The technology will be used to decide well locations, enhance production optimization and much more.

            The first-generation POWERS Development Team began developing the simulator in 1994. The team has grown and has been breaking records ever since. By 2000, it broke the one-million-cell (mega-cell) record. In 2002, the 10-million cell milestone was achieved with the first full-field simulation of Ghawar. Then, about a year ago, the POWERS team broke the one-billion-cell threshold.

            The live launch was a pivotal event in Saudi Aramco history. The fine scale of detail will now be applied to daily operations, benefiting the entire company, ensuring that the Kingdom’s hydrocarbon resources are carefully managed for generations to come.

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