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Russian, Saudi Arabian and Australian scientists release new software to radically improve oil extraction efficiency

The program has been made freely available to download for anyone who is interested

Mar 16, 2018
Scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State University have developed a software that calculates the permeability of 3D models of geological formations. The program, designed with support from Saudi Arabian and Australian research institutions, allows for a dramatic improvement in the efficiency of the exploitation of hydrocarbon deposits. .

The software takes advantage of a mathematical idea developed by Soviet scientists in the 1950s via a variation on the so-called finite difference method. The Russian physicists tested their algorithm using samples of oil-containing rocks extracted from a reservoir outside the Siberian city of Tyumen. Tests showed that the algorithm — which can be run on an ordinary computer or even a laptop — is close to par with traditional programs requiring massive computing power.

The program has been made freely available to download for anyone who is interested. A general description of the algorithm and its principles will be published in the May issue of the Computers & Sciences scientific journal.