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Shell Plans to Explore Deep Sea Oil Using New AI Technology

Shell's vice president of innovation and performance is committed to reinventing exploration ways of working.

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UNITED STATES: In order to increase offshore oil output, Shell Plc will deploy AI-based technologies from big data analytics company SparkCognition in its deep sea exploration and production, the firms announced on Wednesday.

Shell, the largest oil company in the American Gulf of Mexico, is using SparkCognition’s AI algorithms to process and analyse seismic data in search of new oil resources. Gabriel Guerra, Shell’s vice president of innovation and performance, is committed to reinventing exploration ways of working.

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Shell declared a profit of $9.6 billion (£7.6 billion) for the first three months of the year, which was higher than projected. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, oil and gas prices skyrocketed, resulting in record profits for fossil fuel companies. 

Wael Sawan, the chief executive of Shell, claimed that despite volatility, the company has produced “strong results and robust operational performance”. The business also announced that it would repay $4 billion to stockholders by repurchasing some of its shares.

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The objective is to boost production and exploration success while enhancing operational speed and efficiency. According to the corporations, the new method can cut the length of explorations from nine months to less than nine.

The Energy Profits Levy (EPL) is a windfall tax on profits gained from extracting UK oil and gas. It is set to terminate at the end of June, but the government’s Energy Price Guarantee has kept annual energy costs for the average household at a maximum of £2,500.

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SparkCognition’s Bruce Porter believes that Generative AI for seismic imaging can positively disrupt the exploration process and have wide-reaching implications.

Corporations suggest that seismic technology could produce subsurface photos with fewer seismic data scans, aiding in deep sea preservation and speeding up exploration operations. It would also reduce the cost of high-performance computing.

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