SLB, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Shell Global Solutions Nederland BV (Shell) have entered into a multi-year three-way collaboration agreement to deliver digital end-to-end workflows for Shell, utilizing SLB subsurface solutions on AWS cloud infrastructure.
The digital workflows developed through this collaboration will adhere to the OSDU® Data Platform standards to improve positive customer experience by business users, increasing efficiency and collaboration while generating better insights for Shell and the energy industry.
This collaboration builds upon the existing strategic collaboration agreement between SLB and AWS, further accelerating the availability of SLB’s industry-leading software, including Petrel™ subsurface solutions and Techlog™ wellbore solutions, on AWS.
According to Edwin Verdonk, Executive Vice President Development and Subsurface at Shell, “Cloud-based computer power and reliable, available OSDU® Technical Standard-compliant data will be a foundation for efficient subsurface workflows and help bring data to our engineers’ fingertips. Shell is committed to ongoing support and contributions to the OSDU® Forum Community, as well as to accelerating the availability of commercial solutions. Through this MOU with SLB and AWS, we aim to accelerate the arrival of cloud solutions and enable OSDU® Data Platform access.”
Rakesh Jaggi, President, Digital & Integration at SLB, emphasizes the alignment between SLB, Shell, and AWS regarding the importance and further deployment of the OSDU® Data Platform. He states: “Our long commitment to openness enables us to deploy SLB solutions with AWS. This expands customers’ choice of cloud provider, giving them access to AWS’ significant service offering and cloud computing power for wider collaboration and increased efficiency.”
All three parties share a long-term commitment to the OSDU® Data Platform, including community standardization, open source, open marketplace, the ability to liberate industry data, and maximizing the technology footprint available to the industry.
The expansion of SLB’s multi-platform strategy to include AWS, demonstrates the potential of the platform’s openness—SLB solutions integrating successfully with AWS cloud infrastructure, without the requirement for costly and inefficient adaptation of applications, according to SLB press release.
“This collaboration with Shell and SLB will set a new standard for application and data interoperability, to provide the best user experience at the lowest cost of operation,” said Howard Gefen, General Manager – Energy & Utilities, AWS. “The combined capabilities across Shell, SLB, and AWS will not only ensure the delivery of value at scale but will unlock areas of innovation where the collaboration will develop new approaches and solutions to the challenges faced in subsurface workflows seen across the energy industry.”
The adoption of the OSDU® Technical Standard is a goal for many operators as it can accelerate cycle times and reduce costs by incorporating data-driven decision making into their digital workflows and switching between solutions from multiple vendors. The three parties involved in this collaboration are committed to working together and with other partners to further this ambition and leverage the unique capabilities of an Open Forum platform.