This week’s Interview of the Week is with Rossy Perez, General Manager of Beicip-Franlab México. Beicip-Franlab is a leading independent petroleum consultancy and geoscience software editor that provides solutions in exploration, reservoir and field development, production optimization, process optimization, midstream-downstream studies and EOR solutions
Q: How have Beicip-Franlab’s priorities evolved in the oil and gas sector and what is Beicip-Franlab México’s key value proposition for the market?
A: Historically there were two separate companies, both created by Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP), now Institut Français du Pétrole Energies Nouvelles (IFPen), in the 1960s. Beicip was established as a consultant in upstream for exploration and production and in downstream/refining. Beicip helped countries like India and Indonesia design their oil and gas research centers. Franlab was created at the same time to provide reservoir services. Beicip and Franlab merged as a single company in the early 1990s. Today, we have one central office in France and affiliates spread across the world. IFPen is our shareholder and we are managed like any independent company.
We are dedicated to applying and distributing the cutting-edge technological solutions developed through IFPen’s research programs. We have broad expertise in conducting integrated studies and we are the only company capable of studying a field from the analysis of its petroleum system to the improved recovery of reserves.
Beicip-Franlab México has been considered a strategic consulting services company for PEMEX in Aguas Someras Norte, in particular at the Cantarell complex, since 2006, and since 2009 for exploration, especially in support of regional exploration strategies. In 2014, Beicip-Franlab México helped PEMEX identify the quality of hydrocarbons contained in the hydrocarbon generation formations in the Mexican deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico and to confirm the new exploratory discoveries obtained with the Maximino, Supremus, Trion and Pep wells.
Q: Why would a potential client seek out Beicip-Franlab México’s services and in what areas is your expertise most applicable?
A: We are focused on providing our clients the perfect combination of high-level consulting services and our most recent technology innovations to help them become more efficient in exploration and production so they can cost-effectively unlock resources.
Enhancing basin productivity through technology breakthroughs will help lower the costs of locating resources and producing reserves, thereby improving the global cost-competitiveness of the industry. The potential applications are in the areas of improved exploration success, advances to drilling and well completions and improving hydrocarbon recovery.
Our model integrating consulting and software editing activities is designed to maximize value creation for our customers. Both our activities are renowned in the industry. We are perceived as a noted discipline integrator. Sharing and working in close interaction with customers is key. We frequently integrate our clients’ staff in project teams, which is probably the best way to share knowledge. Another way to communicate our know-how is to coach the junior staff of clients directly in their offices or to provide technical assistance services. We have broad experience tailoring such coaching or on-the-job training programs.
Q: In which segments do you see the most potential in 2018 and what are the company’s top priorities?
A: The deepwater and the offshore sectors have seen a significant adjustment in their cost potential. As a result, we expect to see quite a bit of interest and excitement around midsized developments in those areas. Areas such as heavy oil and the oil sands also are interesting and will command more capital as we go forward.
All our innovations are meant for international applications. For example, in the last five years, we have developed considerable experience with deep offshore and subsalt exploration. This is a typical multidisciplinary integration issue. We have helped our customers make major discoveries in West Africa, in subsalt offshore Brazil, and more recently in the Gulf of Mexico on both the US and Mexican sides. We have evaluated the potential of shale and tight reservoir resources around the world and will continue, in areas like Algeria, Argentina, Europe (including in France before the decision to ban fracking), Mexico, Siberia and the US. We have developed original methods to quantify producible resources in shale and understand “sweet spots” distribution. We also are developing new simulation tools for production from shale, an issue which is today very poorly understood.
Beicip-Franlab started chemical EOR studies four years ago, with small-scale applications in European fields. We are now positioned, jointly with our partners IFPen and SOLVAY, as a well-recognized player in this area, in charge of major projects in the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, the US, Canada and Asia. All these techniques have potential for growth because they address industry needs. We can clearly see growth potential in markets like Mexico.
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