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Singapore’s science agency in oil, gas research

Veronica C. Silva | Feb. 13, 2013
A*Star forged a tie-up with a Norwegian company to develop sensor for oil and gas exploration.

Singapore's science research agency announced recently that it has been tapped by a Norwegian petroleum company for help in its deep sea oil and gas exploration.

The Institute of Microelectronics of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) said it has signed an agreement with Petroleum Geo-Service (PGS), a listed Norwegian company who helps oil companies explore oil and gas reserves.

A*STAR said IME will develop for PGS a high-performance micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)-based sensor which PGS can integrate into their streamer system to collect seismic data. The data can then help oil and gas companies to locate and estimate the size of offshore oil and gas reserves.

The research agency said the agreement allows IME to leverage its experience in designing high-performance MEMS sensors MEMS process platform and in-house packaging capability, and PGS's expertise in seismic exploration.

"Collaborating with an industry leader provides an opportunity for us to further our research in sensing technology for oil and gas applications," said Prof. Dim-Lee Kwong, executive director, IME. "IME's integrated capabilities and deep understanding of different sensing technologies in MEMS will enhance our partner's technology development capabilities and shorten the product development time."

IME is a research institute of A*STAR that acts as the bridge between the academe and Singapore's semiconductor industry by forging strategic alliances, conducting research and development and building up intellectual property.

For its part, PGS said this new tie-up with IME will further speed up the development and commercialisation of its products.

Rune Tenghamn, vice president, Innovation and Business Development, Data Processing Technology, PGS, also expressed confidence that this continuous tie-up with IME "will be yet another success."

In 2012, IME and PGS also signed a research agreement where IME developed sensing technology for PGS. 


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