The Science and Technology Center conducts integrated assessment of various petroleum regions to identify the most promising areas for further licensing and development.
When developing regional models of petroleum basins, STC both employs classical geological approaches with the use of advanced software, and develops its own techniques and software products using a combination of different prospecting and exploration methods. This became possible thanks to digitalization, development of big data processing technologies, machine learning and other artificial intelligence applications.
Modeling of hydrocarbon systems (basin modeling) is a method for quantitative and qualitative evaluation of hydrocarbon potential of a sedimentary basin, identification of potentially productive zones and local features within the basin, and assessment of subsurface risks. As such, basin modeling is simulation of how geological horizons of a certain region formed and changed, and when and at which points of these horizons hydrocarbons appeared and accumulated. Building a regional model means processing huge volumes of interrelated data, which helps significantly increase the amount of useful information extracted from such data and enables a quick re-evaluation of territories under consideration when new data comes in. This is a major technology domain at the confluence of geology, physics, chemistry and mathematics.
By now, Gazprom Neft's Science and Technology Center has developed more than fifteen models for various petroleum regions in Russia and abroad.