The UGM Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) and Pertamina Hulu Energi Upstream Innovation (PHE-UI) are establishing a research collaboration in geophysics.
During the Kick-Off Meeting and Monitoring and Evaluation held on July 3-4, 2023, at FMIPA, several collaborative research projects were discussed, including the geophysical cloud-based computational tools-advanced passive seismic study, the Electric-Assisted Enhanced Oil Recovery (EEOR) study to increase oil production by improving fluid characteristics in Pertamina fields, the clean technology SP-ERT study for water injection monitoring and the drone magnetometer development study.
Both FMIPA and PHE-UI were present at the event, with a total of 25 participants. Among the representatives from PHE-UI were Chief Innovation Geophysics, Teguh Suroso; Senior Specialist Innovation Geophysics, Boko Suwardi; Chief Innovation Process and Facility, Arief Rachman; and Senior Specialist Innovation Process and Facility, Metrik Pradana.
Vice Dean for Research and Community Service of FMIPA and a geophysics researcher, Dr. Wiwit Suryanto, stated that this research collaboration has been initiated since 2008. He mentioned that the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has long-standing experience building partnerships in developing oil and gas exploration technology studies.
“Certainly, collaboration with the industry poses challenges for FMIPA to produce excellent research, enhance the competence of lecturers, and ensure that the industry can absorb graduates,” explained the vice dean.
A representative from Pertamina Upstream Innovation, Arief Rahman, stated that four research collaborations had been conducted with the faculty, including developing Cloud-Based Computational software for advanced passive seismic data processing.
“This software has been implemented for field data processing and will continue to be developed for other passive seismic methods,” said Rahman.
Regarding the monitoring and evaluation of the EEOR, another researcher from FMIPA, Afif Rakhman, said it was implemented in the Klamono Field, Sorong, Papua, last May. The device is planned to be installed for the next two months.
“From the method perspective, we have obtained considerable data for future evaluation. We hope this device can further develop into something more robust and reliable,” Afif Rakhman said.
The magnetometer drone, which Dr. Wahyudi and Suhari of FMIPA have developed, is known to have the potential to detect buried pipelines in the ground.
“We will use a per-component fluxgate magnetometer. We hope that the response to the measured objects can be improved,” said Dr. Wahyudi.
Dr. T. Marwan Irnaka presented the progress of his research on the clean technology SP-ERT for water injection monitoring. This study has entered its second year, moving towards automated monitoring application development.
“In July, this clean technology will be implemented in one of Pertamina’s fields for water injection monitoring,” he concluded.
Author: Gusti Grehenson