Chevron invests millions of pounds in technology, innovation and research and development in the U.K., helping create and unlock a host of growth opportunities for the future.
Technology plays a critical role in meeting the challenges we face in the energy business. It enables Chevron to maximize resource recovery, improve operational efficiency, and maximise reliability and production efficiency from existing assets and develop new oil and gas reserves in deeper water and more complex formations.
Success depends on sustained collaboration across business segments and time zones. We are leveraging the ingenuity of our employees, suppliers and research partners to develop technologies that will help us meet energy needs and support economic growth around the world.
At the Centre of Technology
Chevron’s U.K. Global Technology Centre (GTC), in Aberdeen, Scotland, was established in 2007 to align with Chevron's long-term energy growth strategy and improve our connection with the vibrant European oil and gas technology marketplace.
The GTC is a strategic extension of Chevron’s Energy Technology Company and complements Chevron’s existing technology facilities in Houston, Texas; and Perth, Australia. It focuses on developing technological capability in the U.K. and provides a hub of technical excellence that supports Chevron's global portfolio of projects.
As a subsea centre of excellence, the GTC supports Chevron’s deep-water assets worldwide and work carried out in Aberdeen has contributed to Chevron's application of advanced seismic methods such as ocean bottom nodes and time-lapse 4-D imaging for reservoir management.
The centre also develops research partnerships to enable innovation and new technology deployments for a diverse range of Chevron operations and development projects, including Gorgon and Wheatstone in Australia, Tengizchevroil in Kazakhstan, Jack / St Malo in the United States, Frade in Brazil and Rosebank in the U.K.
Through its global network and partnerships, the GTC provides targeted support in the following areas:
- Drilling and Completions
- Earth Sciences
- Facilities Engineering
- Health, Environment and Safety
- Reservoir and Production Engineering
- Technical Computing
Creating Innovative Solutions
Chevron develops alliances with leading U.K. universities, industry research partners and start-up technology ventures to work to enable innovation and support the acceleration of new technology deployments across the energy spectrum. Recent collaborations include a number of Joint Industry Projects (JIP) with the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), a U.K.-based not-for-profit organisation focused on the commercialisation of technology developments, and key academic institutions including Bristol, Durham, Newcastle, Imperial and Manchester Universities.
In the U.K., Chevron deploys technologies to help find and commercialise new oil and gas fields cost-effectively and help maximise the recovery of resources from its existing fields. Chevron also invests in technologies that enhance safety and increase the efficiency and economics of its operations.
The GTC helps increase our pool of technical talent and employs approximately 60 people across a range of strategic disciplines including:
- Environmental Science
- Reservoir Simulation
- Process Engineering
- Process Safety
- Rock Mechanics
- Structural Geology
- Subsea Engineering
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