University of Houston opens new hydrocarbon center
The University of Houston has officially opened the doors of a new hub for hydrocarbon exploration.
UH Energy recently unveiled its UH-DGH Center for Hydrocarbon Exploration, which is a partnership between the University of Houston and the technical arm of India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, or DGH. The collaboration was announced in February.
The center will serve as a data center focused on India’s offshore basins, and its geoscience data to investigate production data and exploration.
"We have been thinking about this for multiple years, about how to get all this fantastic data that is there in the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons of India, use the repository of information that we have got and be able to showcase it to people in the United States where they've got the approach to go in and find oil and gas and other natural resources in ways that are perhaps truly unique and Texan in origin,” says Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorthy, vice president of energy and innovation at UH during the event.
The event featured UH dignitaries, alum, and subject-matter experts like Rob Stewart, professor of geophysics, and David Hume, business development specialist and geoscience specialist, which included in-depth analysis of India basins that focused on geological and geophysical locations, physiographical and tectonic settings, the role of hydrocarbon elements, and other areas of interest.
The center is part of a five-year agreement to help generate reliable information on the energy industry with seismic, well, reservoir and production data being at the forefront.
“UH and India have been able to come together and bring this to reality, for us this is very inspirational,” says Pankaj Jain, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India. “We think that we are actually planting a seed for something very, very good because the multiplier effects of this are going to be incredible.”
Strategically located in Houston, which many consider an “energy capital,” Jain is excited for a set of “fresh eyes” to look at the data.
“If you’re here [in Houston], you’re at the nucleus from where everything will evolve,” Jain says to the University of Houston.