Data management

Egypt, Schlumberger Launch Project To Digitalize Subsurface Data

The country expects the digitalization project to promote Egypt’s exploration and production potential worldwide.

Isometric map of Egypt with neon circle lines
Isometric map of Egypt with neon circle lines
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The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger announced the Egypt Upstream Gateway, a national project for the digitalization of subsurface information. The platform also will enable global access to the country’s subsurface data, which is kept current by enhancing legacy data sets through reprocessing and new studies.

Egypt’s minister of petroleum and mineral resources, Tarek El-Molla, said the project will be used to unlock the potential of Egypt’s petroleum sector and promote the country’s exploration and production potential worldwide. “The Egypt Upstream Gateway will digitally promote Egypt’s oil and gas bid rounds through seamless online access to the sector’s data, as well as endorsing our exploration potential worldwide.”

Rajeev Sonthalia, Schlumberger’s president for digital and integration, added, “With the launch of this industry-first platform, the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and its affiliates—EGPC, EGAS, GANOPE—can digitally showcase national assets to investors worldwide, in addition to leveraging the latest digital technology and solutions to accelerate discovery throughout the country.”

Schlumberger said in a release that the platform provides digital access to more than 100 years of accumulated national onshore and offshore seismic, nonseismic, well-log, production, and additional subsurface data under a single platform. This data can be accessed virtually from anywhere using the platform’s online portal. In addition, Egypt will use the platform to be host to its upcoming bid round, highlighting lease-availability information to national and international investors.