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Houston company's new joint venture to bring AI into upstream

The companies say their partnership is “aimed at revolutionizing the landscape of science-backed decision-making in the upstream energy industry.” Photo via Getty Images

Houston-based GeoMark Research and Peachtree Corners, Georgia-based Senslytics have formed a joint venture that will bring AI-fueled data and analysis to the upstream energy industry.

GeoMark Research provides geochemical and PVT (pressure, volume, temperature) data and analysis, while Senslytics produces AI software for the energy industry. The companies say their partnership is “aimed at revolutionizing the landscape of science-backed decision-making in the upstream energy industry.”

Among other things, the joint venture will:

  • Combine GeoMark’s geochemical and PVT data repository with Senslytics’ AI algorithms to develop applications for various aspects of fluid property estimation during the drilling process.
  • Provide tools that help subject matter experts “train” AI tools for data-driven decision-making.
  • Contribute to thought leadership in the AI and geochemical/PVT sectors through vehicles such as conferences, webinars, and publications.

“GeoMark Research is passionate about using our data and expertise to advance subsurface fluid understanding. Faster, better information improves our customers’ free cash flow. We are thrilled to partner with Senslytics and embark on this transformative journey together,” Ethan Brown, president of GeoMark, says in a news release.

Blake Bixler, CEO of Senslytics, adds: “Together, we will push the boundaries of what AI can achieve by unlocking insights from our two companies’ technical experts.”

GeoMark was founded in 1991 with the goal of performing regional oil studies in newly explored basins.

Today, the company operates three labs that provide geochemical services, studies, and databases. The labs are in Houston, Humble, and Lafayette, Louisiana.

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Occidental Petroleum’s Houston-based carbon capture, utilization and, sequestration (CCUS) subsidiary, 1PointFive, has inked a six-year deal to sell 500,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide removal credits to software giant Microsoft.

In a news release, 1Point5 says this agreement represents the largest-ever single purchase of carbon credits enabled by direct air capture (DAC). DAC technology pulls CO2 from the air at any location, not just where carbon dioxide is emitted.

Under the agreement, the carbon dioxide that underlies the credits will be stored in a below-the-surface saline aquifer and won’t be used to produce oil or gas.

“A commitment of this magnitude further demonstrates how one of the world’s largest corporations is integrating scalable [DAC] into its net-zero strategy,” says Michael Avery, president and general manager of 1PointFive. “Energy demand across the technology industry is increasing, and we believe [DAC] is uniquely suited to remove residual emissions and further climate goals.”

Brian Marrs, senior director for carbon removal and energy at Microsoft, says DAC plays a key role in Microsoft’s effort to become carbon-negative by 2030.

The carbon dioxide will be stored at 1PointFive’s first industrial-scale DAC plant, being built near Odessa. The $1.3 billion Stratos project, which 1Point5 is developing through a joint venture with investment manager BlackRock, is designed to capture up to 500,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

The facility is scheduled to open in mid-2025.

Aside from Microsoft, organizations that have agreed to buy carbon removal credits from 1Point5 include Amazon, Airbus, All Nippon Airways, the Houston Astros, the Houston Texans, and TD Bank.

Occidental says 1PointFive plans to set up more than 100 DAC facilities worldwide by 2035.

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