Jet Propulsion Laboratory To Aid Oil in Developing Better Drilling Technology

JPL Director Charles Elachi (right) and Lars Høier, Statoil Sr. Vice President, Technology Products and Drilling Research Development and Innovation, took part in a ceremonial signing for a NASA-Statoil agreement. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

JPL Director Charles Elachi (right) and Lars Høier, Statoil Sr. Vice President, Technology Products and Drilling Research Development and Innovation, took part in a ceremonial signing for a NASA-Statoil agreement. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

JPL partners with domestic oil companies to bolster production of gas and oil

The goal is simple – to help assist America’s oil and gas companies in the quest to develop safer and more efficient oil and gas reserves. Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) director Charles Elachi, head of the Pasadena, California organization, met with several key executives of the Norwegian-based oil and gas company, Statoil.  During the latter part of November, an agreement was signed by both sides that calls for JPL’s assistance in the development and integration of oil and gas drilling technologies to Norway’s Statoil organization, as well as America’s oil and gas companies. The overriding theme of the agreement is the focus on the safe and efficient construction and development of U.S. and worldwide fossil fuel reserves.

JPL has built a legacy of developing technologies and processes that can withstand the problematic environments of space. These same technologies will be translated to the often times harsh and downright dangerous process of extracting oil and gas from beneath the ground or under the ocean floor. The ceremonial agreement also gives JPL a peek at some of the technologies and tools that are currently being used by the oil and gas industry, as the processes and equipment on the drilling platforms may somehow relate to, and improve upon, our current space exploration protocols.

According to JPL Director Charles Elachi, “This agreement is the latest example of how NASA and JPL technologies can benefit us here on Earth. It’s also an example of how collaborations with other industries can be beneficial to space exploration.”

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