Innovation and Knowledge Management

PTTEP Technology Development

PTTEP’s vision for technology development is to become the energy technology partner, enhancing E&P business competitiveness and preparedness for future energy transition to ensure the company’s sustainable growth.

PTTEP develops technology through partnership with both domestic and international parties and institutions such as PTT Group, government agencies, academic institutions, etc. to drive R&D through 3 technology platforms:

  1. Exploration, Production and Decommissioning Technology
  2. AI & Robotics Technology
  3. Electrification & Future Technology

Key achievements in PTTEP Technology Development include:

1. Exploration, Production and Decommissioning Technology

Geophysical Exploration Technology

The company conducts a study on applying electromagnetics to track the movement of oil and water in the petroleum reservoir in order to monitor the result of enhanced oil recovery by waterflooding method. The study involves a field survey and interpretation software development. The results of the study will help improve the efficiency of the waterflooding method. This project is a collaboration between PTTEP, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and Mahidol University.

Enhancing Production Technology

The recyclable demulsifier has been developed for efficient separation of oil from water with collaboration with Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC). The study is in the laboratory testing phase.

The in-house software application has been developed for production optimization, forecasting, and scheduling for compartmentalized gas fields; and implemented in PTTEP’s operating gas fields: Bongkot, Arthit, and Zawtika.

Technology for Green Practices

PTTEP is developing technologies to remove, purify and convert CO2 to high-value products e.g. construction materials, polymers and plastics.

PTTEP is aware of increasing climate change risks related with fossil fuel operation and is in the process of studying various engineering techniques to help mitigate any potential environmental impacts and researching.

Technology for future Decommissioning Execution

Decommissioning is part of the normal life cycle of every oil and gas facility and must be done safely and responsibly when a facility reaches the end of its life. In collaboration with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Dacon Inspection Services Co., Ltd., PTTEP is now piloting the Subsea Pipeline Decontamination project to develop an innovative processes for cleaning and sampling contaminant in subsea pipeline. Currently the pilot study shows the successful elimination of the contaminated substance and meeting with international regulatory standard.

Furthermore, the various engineering techniques are being studied to support decommissioning execution such as well plug and abandonment techniques, wellhead platform topside and Jacket removal techniques, etc. Every decommissioning project is different and needs to be tailored to the well and facility designs. Due to the growing number of offshore platforms, onshore well pads, and ageing facilities, we are increasing PTTEP’s decommissioning capability and competency to manage the execution in the near future.

2. AI & Robotics Technology

PTTEP develops an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to improve the efficiency of subsea equipment inspection such as oil and gas pipelines. The AUV is currently undergoing pilot testing.

A development of a Subsea Facility Control and Repair Robot (SCFR) to improve performance and reduce the cost of subsea pipeline inspection and maintenance is now under prototype development.

Moreover, PTTEP has established a new subsidiary called AI and Robotics Ventures (ARV) to support future investments in AI and Robotics technology.

3. Electrification & Future Technology

Research and development on the Lithium-Sulfur battery which has a higher energy density than the current commercial technology is being conducted in order to apply on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and robots. The project is now under development in lab scale.

Moreover, this technology foresight is now being used to identify emerging technologies that PTTEP can further apply and develop.

Knowledge Management

PTTEP sees the importance of Knowledge Management (KM) by focusing on Knowledge Management Cycle which consists of Creating, Sharing and Applying Knowledge.

The company encourages staff to follow knowledge management cycle by encouraging staff to use knowledge from their experiences to create and share among PTTEP staff, who can seek and apply knowledge and lessons learned before starting their works. The leveraged knowledge helps PTTEP to increase its capability and leads to innovation.

With our commitment to become a High Performance and Innovative Organization, PTTEP sets up KM policy, processes and guidelines to ensure standardization and effectiveness of all Knowledge Management (KM) activities in alignment with PTT Group KM Policy. PTTEP conducts an annual Maturity Assessment by benchmarking with international practices to assess gaps and develop action plan to close the gaps and meet the KM Maturity target.

In addition, the company sets up activities and projects to strengthen KM practices. Highlights include setting up key roles, responsibilities and vision of PTTEP management, developing PTTEP Knowledge Management System, deploying Community of Practice as channels for staff to exchange knowledge, inviting internal and external experts to share their experiences and improving the PTTEP KM portal which is the company’s knowledge base.