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SLB, TotalEnergies team up on 10-year partnership to develop scalable digital solutions

The partnership initially will focus on subsurface technology for reservoir engineering, as well as geoscience modeling and interpretation. Photo via totalenergies.com

Houston-based energy tech company SLB has forged a 10-year partnership with French energy company TotalEnergies to develop technology aimed at tackling industry challenges such as carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS).

“Collaboration and knowledge sharing are key for our industry to continuously develop more effective ways of unlocking energy access,” Rakesh Jaggi, president of SLB’s digital and integration business, says in a news release. “With this visionary partnership, we’re combining the know-how and expertise of both companies to accelerate the delivery of new digital capabilities that will benefit the whole industry.”

The partnership initially will focus on subsurface technology for reservoir engineering, as well as geoscience modeling and interpretation. The subsurface project will feature traditional technology coupled with artificial intelligence (AI).

Namita Shah, president of TotalEnergies’ OneTech business unit, says technology developed with SLB will help the oil and gas sector reduce emissions and dive deeper into geological carbon storage. TotalEnergies’ U.S. headquarters is in Houston.

“Through this digital partnership,” Shah says, “we will develop cutting-edge next-generation software, digital applications, and new algorithms applied to geoscience.”

One day after the digital partnership was announced, SLB said TotalEnergies had awarded a contract to SLB’s OneSubsea joint venture for a 13-well oil project being developed off the shore of Angola by TotalEnergies and two partners. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Initial production for the estimated $6 billion deepwater Kaminho project is targeted for 2028, generating up to 70,000 barrels of oil per day. TotalEnergies holds a 40 percent stake in Kaminho.

TotalEnergies owns a number of assets in Texas, including a refinery in Port Arthur. The refinery can produce about 200,000 barrels of oil per day along with low-sulfur fuels.

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Nádia Skorupa Parachin joined Cemvita as vice president of industrial biotechnology. Photo courtesy of Cemvita

Houston-based biotech company Cemvita recently tapped two executives to help commercialize its sustainable fuel made from carbon waste.

Nádia Skorupa Parachin came aboard as vice president of industrial biotechnology, and Phil Garcia was promoted to vice president of commercialization.

Parachin most recently oversaw several projects at Boston-based biotech company Ginkjo Bioworks. She previously co-founded Brazilian biotech startup Integra Bioprocessos.

Parachin will lead the Cemvita team that’s developing technology for production of bio-manufactured oil.

“It’s a fantastic moment, as we’re poised to take our prototyping to the next level, and all under the innovative direction of our co-founder Tara Karimi,” Parachin says in a news release. “We will be bringing something truly remarkable to market and ensuring it’s cost-effective.”

Moji Karimi, co-founder and CEO of Cemvita, says the hiring of Parachin represents “the natural next step” toward commercializing the startup’s carbon-to-oil process.

“Her background prepared her to bring the best out of the scientists at the inflection point of commercialization — really bringing things to life,” says Moji Karimi, Tara’s brother.

Parachin joins Garcia on Cemvita’s executive team.

Before being promoted to vice president of commercialization, Garcia was the startup’s commercial director and business development manager. He has a background in engineering and business development.

Founded in 2017, Cemvita recently announced a breakthrough that enables production of large quantities of oil derived from carbon waste.

In 2023, United Airlines agreed to buy up to one billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel from Cemvita’s first full-scale plant over the course of 20 years.

Cemvita’s investors include the UAV Sustainable Flight Fund, an investment arm of Chicago-based United; Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, an investment arm of Houston-based energy company Occidental Petroleum; and Japanese equipment and machinery manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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