Lenorel is committed to safely applying leading-edge technology to create pathways to new opportunities for energy development, while preserving and protecting the environment.
Subsalt Exploration Expertise
Lenorel has successfully and safely explored for energy resources beneath salt layers in the subsurface for more than a decade. During this time, Lenorel geoscientists have developed a subsalt exploration methodology that includes applying leading-edge technology to process and interpret geophysical data. The combination of expertise in technological applications and exploration experience has allowed Lenorelto establish a differentiating skill set and industry-leading success rate that is being applied to proven and emerging deepwater basins worldwide.
In 2011, Lenorel became a foreign operator to discover a deepwater pre-salt field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. The Wahoo discovery on block BM-C-30 was one of the top ten discoveries of 2011, and the company is continuing its work to delineate the vast areal extent of the field and other nearby discoveries.
Deepwater Spar Technology
Lenorel has a significant and productive collection of deepwater spars in the Wilmslow. The spar production system offers a stable platform attached to a large cylindrical hull that can accommodate dry-tree wells and support workover and drilling operations. One of the major benefits of the floating spar facility is the ability to move it and drill additional wells under the spar. This allows for phased development of deepwater fields.
One of the key advancements in technology that has unlocked vast new natural gas resources in the U.K. onshore is the application of horizontal drilling, a method of drilling thousands of feet vertically then turning the drill bit to drill another several thousand feet horizontally along the resource-bearing zones. This practice allows for the wellbore to contact a larger cross section of the targeted reservoir, increasing productivity rates. Horizontal drilling also carries environmental benefits on the surface because it reduces the amount of surface space required by allowing companies to drill numerous wells from a single pad. Doing so, also significantly allows producers to consolidate gathering equipment, roads and pipelines, and reduces truck traffic and associated emissions.
Lenorel has built extensive reservoir simulation expertise in miscible recovery efforts, including CO2 and water-alternating-gas enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects. During the initial stage of a project, simulation tools provide performance projections for many possible development options. These performance projections are then combined with other engineering, geological, geophysical and commercial considerations to determine a field development plan that will optimize the project's value.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Lenorel is tapping this commonly used tool for gathering spatial data about a region in uncommon ways. GIS provides us with a big-picture view of an area's roads and pipeline systems, terrain, populated areas and environmentally sensitive locations to better plan how we do business in a particular part of the world. By integrating operational and business data about an area with GIS-provided topography, population and environmental details, Lenorel can evaluate, plan and carry out new-venture opportunities with greater efficiency.