Petroleum Exploration and Production
Authority (PEPA), an authorized unit of the Ministry of Oil and Mineral (MOM)
was established in 1997 to act on behalf of MOM to provide supervision and
monitoring of all oil and gas concession areas in Yemen. The establishment of
a National Data Bank was considered a strategic project for MOM, represented
by PEPA. For this purpose, an MOU was signed between PEPA and Schlumberger,
on April 2001 with the purpose to design, implement, and operate a state-of-the-art
information management facility in Yemen. The proposal to proceed with this plan
was finalized in May 2002 and the project named the Data Bank Development Project (DBDP) initiated.
The facility would essentially be used to stimulate foreign investments in Yemen
and the protection of current exploration and production data.
Schlumberger established the technical and operational infrastructure of the DBDP.
DBDP today is equipped with the essential information management software and the
required operational policies and procedures. The software provides the ability to manage
a wide range of field information including geophysical, geological, production, drilling,
as well as interpretation results. The management of this information includes among others the data
captures, quality check, and data transfer. DBDP registered users utilize a friendly web
browser interface to securely access the information needed, which can be done either from
within DBDP or from companies sites.
The major business goals, to be achieved in line with the scope of services of this project, are:
- Work with PEPA and the Operators to optimize information management operations. This should allow
existing operators to achieve higher levels of efficiency leading to optimization of oil
reserves in Yemen.
- Work with PEPA and the Operators to reduce information management related costs. This will
contribute to the reduction of field operations cost.
- Enhance personnel competence where applicable, leading to higher productivity levels
within the oil industry in Yemen.
The DBDP aims to centralize information management operations, technology acquisition, and technology services,
thus allowing the sharing of personnel and technology resources, which in turn will result
in substantial cost savings. DBDP has been established using international data center
standards and has been equipped with business processes, policies, and technology tools to support
PEPA, and the operators' operations.
The DBDP technology services will be securely accessible by PEPA and the Operators. DBDP today represents
an organized digital set of data repositories that are accessible from the DBDP corporate system.
DBDP registered users will use a web interface to browse the corporate data to determine
what data is available and then "drill down" to the specific data repository to select, review and
order the desired data from the system. DBDP has also been equipped with data security measures.
Data security policies will be applied to all registered users of DBDP to prevent any unauthorized use
DBDP technology services include the following:
- Digital data archiving and management of seismic, production, geological, drilling, and interpretation results
- Data preparation and delivery
- Digital data access services
- Cartography (mapping)
- Operation reporting
- Production data capture from field operations to DBDP
- Personnel training
- Seismic processing/reprocessing of pre-stack and post-stack data
- Physical asset and document management
- Data interpretation facilities