Innovation and Knowledge Management

PTTEP Technology Development

With our commitment to develop and apply technology to increase capability and efficiency, PTTEP’s vision is to become a Technology Driven Organization with Focus on Increasing Petroleum Exploration and Production Capability, Green Practices and Knowledge Management for Sustainable Growth.

PTTEP develops technology through partnerships with both domestic and international parties and institutions such as PTT group, government agencies, academic institutions, etc. to drive research and development to meet 4 main objectives:

  1. Increase Exploration Success
  2. Enhance Production
  3. Green Practices
  4. Technology for New Business

Key achievements in PTTEP Technology Development include:

1. Geophysical Exploration Technology

The company conducted a study on applying electromagnetics to monitor the movement of oil and water in the petroleum reservoir during the production using the waterflood method. The study involved a field survey and interpretation software development. The results of the study will help improve the efficiency of the waterflood method. This project is a collaboration between PTTEP, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and Mahidol University.

2. Enhance Production Technology

A research and development of 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.

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

3. 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 that there are potential risks from decommissioning operations in the future and is in the process of studying various engineering techniques to help mitigate any potential environmental impacts through various studies and research. The company is now studying the Subsea Pipeline Decontamination project in pilot scale, in collaboration with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Dacon Inspection Services Co., Ltd. to find innovative processes for sampling of environmental parameters and testing of the subsea pipeline system.

4. Technology for New Business

PTTEP conducts research and development on an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to improve the efficiency of subsea equipment inspection such as oil and gas pipelines. Currently, the prototype is under development.

A research on the development of an In-pipe Inspection Robot (IPIR) is underway to help identify damages and conditions inside the pipelines. The company has plans to enhance the capacity of the robot to be able to collect materials, measure the size of pipelines using lasers, and precisely identify the location of the robot in the future.

Knowledge Management

PTTEP sees the importance of Knowledge Management (KM) by focusing on Knowledge Management Cycle which consists of Capturing, 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 Learning Organization and reach Innovative level, 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.