Gazprom Neft working with Yandex Terra to develop innovative Russian digital solutions in seismic data processing

The Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre (NTC) and Yandex Terra (Seismotech Ltd) have announced the completion of a two-year programme testing a range of domestically produced software to support seismic data processing and interpretation. Roll-out operations, using Yandex Terra’s “Prime” software, have demonstrated the viability of using only Russian software in the processing and the subsequent interpretation of seismic data. The next step for Gazprom Neft will be developing a digital platform to fulfil the full data-analysis cycle, using exclusively Russian solutions.

The Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre’s collaboration with Yandex Terra began in 2016, when the companies signed an agreement on developing digital technologies and software to be used in the processing and interpretation of geological and geophysical data. Processing seismic data through the Prime system developed by Yandex Terra showed a significant increase in the volume of useful geological information obtained. This data had, initially, been processed using foreign software, which meant it was possible to undertake a detailed step-by-step comparison against the data previously obtained. Using Russian digital solutions showed significant qualitative improvements, particularly in making it possible to obtain a higher level of detail in imaging, some 20 to 30 percent better than the initial outcome. This revised interpretation of the data made possible fine-tuning of the seismic-geological field model and reserves estimates, as well as identifying the optimum system for field development.

Going forward, specialists from the Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre will continue working on a programme for developing domestic digital technologies and integrating software into a holistic technological platform based on solutions from Russian IT companies.