Artificial intelligence, machine learning applied to petroleum exploration

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  • August 30, 2022
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A rig at the Bach Ho oil field of the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The
Vietnam Petroleum Institute (VPI), a member of the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group
(PetroVietnam), has applied artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to
quickly identify the presence of fractured granite basement, with an accuracy
rate of over 80%, helping save exploration time and costs.

The discovery and successful
exploitation of fractured granite basement reservoirs at Bach Ho (White Tiger)
and other oil fields in Vietnam have changed the traditional oil and gas exploration
viewpoint and contributed to the formation of a new one in the region and the

However, the identification
of fractured granite basement by using traditional methods needs specialised
equipment that may require suspension of oil well drilling, lengthen the rig
rental duration (the current rental is about 65,000 – 68,000 USD per day), and raise

To optimise this process, the VPI has worked out a fracture prediction solution
that applies artificial intelligence and machine learning, helping to
accurately detect the presence of fracture systems basing on real-time data.

Relevant data will be used as inputs into machine learning algorithms, and then
models will be classified, ranked, and assessed to find out the best for
fracture prediction.

The VPI has tested the
accuracy of this prediction model on drilling data of 12 wells in some fields
with similar geological structures, showing a prediction accuracy rate of more
than 80%.

Results are given on the machine learning
operations (MLOps) platform, expected to help improve drilling effectiveness,
ensure safety for the process, and shorten the rig rental duration. Depending
on each contractor’s drilling plan, the saved expenses can reach hundreds of
thousands of US dollars.

Le Ngoc Anh, Data Director of the VPI, said the fracture prediction model makes
use of the oil and gas sector’s existing data to develop optimisation
algorithms to create new values and guarantee security and safety.

The application of machine
learning and artificial intelligence to oil and gas exploration is the next
milestone in the implementation of PetroVietnam’s digital transformation
strategy so as to promote the business model switching, optimise operations,
and improve governance capacity.

In early July, the VPI succeeded in building Oilgas
AI, an ecosystem using artificial intelligence and machine learning to gather,
demonstrate, and analyse specialised data about such products as crude oil,
petrol, liquefied petroleum gas, and natural gas to offer solutions helping
businesses make quicker and more effective decisions during their daily
operations, as well as build long-term plans and strategies.

PetroVietnam has been developing and
perfecting appropriate and effective solutions, while coordinating with
socio-political organisations in promoting digital transformation at its

In a resolution on digital transformation to 2025, with a
vision to 2030, issued in February this year, PetroVietnam viewed digital
transformation as a must to increase productivity, quality, efficiency, and

Digital transformation is seen as a strategic task of
PetroVietnam, and is especially important for the group’s businesses and units.

The work is hoped to help the firm promote innovation and
improve business performance and competitiveness, as well as its leading
position in the oil and gas industry, thus contributing to the country’s digital economy.

During the first half of 2022,
PetroVietnam pumped out 5.48 million tonnes of crude oil, surpassing
the H1 target by 23%.

gasoline production exceeded the plan by 14%, and fertiliser production surpassed the target by 8%. Production
and supply of gas, electricity and other energy products also reached a high

The H1 revenue was estimated at 468.3 trillion VND (20 billion USD), up 55%
year-on-year and double the goal set for six months. The group contributed 66.1
trillion VND to the State budget, 2.2 times higher than the half-year plan and rising
41% from the same period last year, statistics showed./.