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HydraCHEK – Royal acknowledgement for Heriot-Watt & Total

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A crowning achievement for the innovative research on hydrates.

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Professor Dorrik Stow, Director of IPE (Institute of Petroleum Engineering), receiving the scroll from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall

On February 25, 2016 at Buckingham Palace, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall awarded the “Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2015” to the Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, in particular for its innovative research on hydrates carried out in partnership with Total.

HydraCHEK® crowned with success

Improving hydrate management is a crucial issue for offshore oil & gas operations, to preserve the integrity of subsea pipelines and ensure the smooth flow of fluids from the reservoir to the surface. If hydrates form, they are likely to clog the pipelines, particularly during critical production shutdown phases. HydraCHEK® is a novel process developed by the company Hydrafact (spin-out of the Heriot-Watt University) in cooperation with Total, and is used to measure the hydrate and salt concentrations in water samples. The tool makes it easier to monitor hydrate formation in a production system and therefore avoid the substantial cost of methanol injection, used by the industry to prevent the compounds from forming.

There are many advantages to decreasing the methanol injection rate:

  • Reduction in the use of expensive and toxic chemicals (28,000 m3 less methanol used each year).
  • Reduction and elimination of methanol contamination in the produced condensate.
  • Improvement in the management of this highly toxic and flammable compound and the associated environmental impact.

For instance, HydraCHEK® has made it possible to extend the life of the Nuggets gas reservoir in the North Sea while reducing the quantity of methanol injected. By applying this process, an extra 2.8 million barrels of oil equivalent of gas have been produced, increasing the recovery factor by 2%.

Benefits for the medical world

The mathematical models developed in the frame of the Heriot-Watt hydrates research group to map the flow of oil and gas through rock also awakened the interest of the medical world due to similarities between the circulation of effluents and that of blood in the human body (and biological systems in general).

Drawing on this strong analogy, researchers were able to make considerable headway and gain greater understanding of how tumors form and of the principle of angiogenesis (the formation of blood vessels from existing vessels).

12The highest national academic distinction in the United Kingdom

The Royal Anniversary Trust is an independent charity founded in 1990 to mark the 40th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession, and its vocation is to advance education for public benefit. It endeavors to promote the excellence of British universities worldwide, in particular through The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, awarded every two years. It is currently recognized as the highest national distinction open to all academic institutions in the United Kingdom.

What is a hydrate?

Gas hydrates are crystalline ice-like substances composed of gas molecules (methane, ethane, propane…) held in a caged structure of frozen water. They occur both naturally and are formed during hydrocarbon production and processing operations, where they cause serious operational and safety concerns.

NUGGETS

Gas production field in the deep offshore comprising four isolated wells situated in the northern part of the North Sea, 400 km to the north-east of Aberdeen and 20 km south of the Dunbar platform. The reservoirs on the Nuggets field contain “dry” gases (99% methane) with a low proportion of water and liquid hydrocarbons. Nuggets produces roughly 165 million m3 of gas per day.

Total and Heriot-Watt, many subjects for as many partnerships

  • Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).
  • Visualizing flow at microscopic scale (Digital Rock Physics, DRP).
  • Flow Assurance and Hydrates.
  • Multiscale reservoir simulation.
  • Sponsoring of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in O&G, a new research program funded by the British government and the industry (http://www.nerc-cdt-oil-and-gas.ac.uk/).

Total is a partner of IMPACT JOURNALISM DAY: Call for projects

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Impact Journalism Day.JPGThis year, for the third year running, Total is the energy partner of Impact Journalism Day!

Launched in 2012 by Christian de Boisredon, founder of the social companySparknews, Impact Journalism Day is an event that brings together 47 of the world’s largest general newspapers for a special edition. In 2015 this represented more than 120 million readers, who shared 101 concrete and inspiring solutions devoted to world issues, concerning energy but also taking in health, agriculture, water and education.

By being the energy partner, Total is demonstrating its support for people and start-ups with projects committed to better energy accessible to all people across the world from today.

If you want to give a project that you support a chance of wider visibility, take three minutes of your time to have your say on IJD 2016:http://www.tellsparknews.com

See you on 25th June in one of the 50 participating publications!

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ADNOC Hosts 4th ADRAC Energy R&D Summit

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ADNOC Hosts 4th ADRAC Energy R&D Summit


Abu Dhabi, UAE – May 24th 2015 – H.E. Abdulla Nasser Al-Suwaidi, ADNOC Director General, today opened Abu Dhabi International Research & Development Conference & Exhibition (ADRAC), which brings together over 1,500 research and industry professionals to discuss the latest breakthrough innovations in energy R&D.

The opening speech was delivered by Mr. Yasser Saeed Al Mazrouei, Deputy Director E&P, ADNOC and Chairman of ADRAC 2015. “ADRAC has brought together the foremost leaders in research and innovation to collaborate and present solutions to address the region’s oil and gas challenges. We look forward to many fruitful discussions over the three-day event,” said Mr. Al Mazrouei.
Total participated as a Platinum Sponsor in the 4th edition of this prestigious conference being held at ADNEC for the first time since its inception.
This year’s conference saw a threefold increase in attendance. 



Total showcased its R&D technologies through their dedicated team of professionals working in close coordination with the Masdar and Petroleum Institute. Held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from May 24 – 26 2015, the event gathered the foremost minds on energy R&D from Academia and Industry with a scope of facilitating knowledge exchange and collaboration to identify new turnkey solutions for the Oil & Gas industry’s challenges.

The Research & Development Awards were the highlight of the Opening Session. The awards, which recognize those who are leaving an exceptional impact on the energy industry with a clear vision for the long term future of energy, were presented by Mr. Mohamed Butti Al Qubaisi, ADNOC’s E&P Director.

The awards were divided into four categories:

·         Leadership and Long Term Vision Award; won by Mr. Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindy, CEO of Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations (ADCO) and Mr. Ali Rashid Al Jarwan, CEO of Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO)



·         Impact Award; won by Mr. Fareed Abdulla, SVP-NEB, ADCO; Dr. Yuefeng Sun, Texas A&M University; Dr. Mohammed Ali, Petroleum Institute
·         Partnership Award: GASCO CEO; ExxonMobil President, Abu Dhabi; Schlumberger President, Middle East


·  Innovation Award: Mr. Fahad Salem Al Ameri, ADNOC; Farhaad Khaled Al Awadhi Al Yasat, ADNOC; Professor George Hirasaki and Dr. Lisa Biswal of Rice University
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Visit Total at ADRAC 2015

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Visit Total stand at ADRAC 2015 
Abu Dhabi International Research and Development Conference and Exhibition 
24-26 May 2015 
ADNEC, Abu Dhabi
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La Femis Gulf Film Programme 2015 – learn film making in Paris at La Fémis

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If you know any UAE national student interested in Film making, kindly share it with him or her to apply for this scholarship.

ABU DHABI: TOTAL AWARDED 10% IN THE NEW 40-YEAR ADCO CONCESSION

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ABU DHABI: TOTAL AWARDED 10% IN THE NEW 40-YEAR ADCO CONCESSION
Total has signed a new 40-year onshore concession agreement with the Supreme Petroleum Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), granting Total a 10% participating interest effective January 1, 2015. The concession covers the fifteen principal onshore oil fields of Abu Dhabi and represents more than half of the Emirate’s production.”
Paris – Total has signed a new 40-year onshore concession agreement with the Supreme Petroleum Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), granting Total a 10% participating interest effective January 1, 2015. The concession covers the fifteen principal onshore oil fields of Abu Dhabi and represents more than half of the Emirate’s production.
“Total’s entry into the new ADCO concession is a major milestone in the history of the Group’s 75-year partnership with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We are committed to bringing our most advanced technological expertise to unlock the full production potential of Abu Dhabi’s onshore fields and therefore contribute to the development of additional reserves over the next 40 years,” outlined Patrick Pouyanné, Chief Executive Officer of Total. “Total is honored to be the first International Oil Company to be chosen by the government of Abu Dhabi and ADNOC to participate in this new onshore concession and to be entrusted with the mission of technical leader on two major groups of fields”.
The new concession will be operated by the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations Limited (ADCO), a new operating company in which Total will be a 10% shareholder. Total has also been appointed Asset Leader for the Bu Hasa and Southeast (Sahil, Asab, Shah, Qusahwira and Mender fields) fields, which represent about two-thirds of ADCO’s production.
In 2015, ADCO’s expected production is around 1.6 million barrels of oil per day (Mb/d), with an objective to increase output to 1.8 Mb/d from 2017.
Total in the United Arab Emirates
Total has been present in the UAE since 1939 and has built a strong presence, reflected by the size and diversity of its assets and partnerships. The Group’s equity production in 2013 was 260,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).
Total held a 9.5% interest in the previous 75-year ADCO concession that expired on January 10, 2014.
In partnership with ADNOC, Total holds a 75% stake and operates the Abu Al Bu Khoosh field and holds a 13.3% stake in Abu Dhabi Marine (ADMA), which operates two offshore fields. Total also has a 15% stake in Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (GASCO), a 5% stake in Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company (ADGAS) and a 5% stake in National Gas Shipping Company (NGSCO). The Group also owns 33.33% of Ruwais Fertilizer Industries (FERTIL), which produces urea.
The Group holds a 24.5% stake in Dolphin Energy Ltd. in partnership with Mubadala, a company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. Total has also upgraded and increased the capacity of the Taweelah water desalination and power plant which produces about 20% of Abu Dhabi’s water and power requirements.
Total is a partner in the Shams project, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant in operation (100 MW), inaugurated in 2013. In addition, the Group is a leader in the manufacturing and marketing of the entire range of automotive and industrial lubricants through its affiliate Total Marketing Middle East.

Get ready for 2014 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

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Get ready for 2014 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – 21, 22, 23 November 2014. Watch out for more action photos in the coming days.

Visit TOTAL at ADIPEC 2014

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Total is showcasing its world class technology and innovations at ADIPEC 2014:
Please visit and get to know:
  • 3-D CLOV Mega Project Hologram Pyramid
  • E-Learning Simulation
  • Total ABK Academy
  • Presentations at Stand A232 Auditorium
  • Touch Table for Total Publications
  • F1 Simulator

Meet our experts at stand A232 and at Young ADIPEC to experience demonstrations.
Exhibition dates: 10-13 November 2014 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.

Young ADIPEC – Photography Competition for students in UAE

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One more day to click and One more day to submit.
Do not miss out on this opportunity for your child to participate. Attractive prizes and recognition awaits during the special ceremony at Young ADIPEC pavilion during ADIPEC 2014.
For more information, please visit Young ADIPEC