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SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Chevron Corp. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today announced an energy research program to develop remote, ultra-deepwater exploration and production technology.
"Developing remote, ultra-deepwater reserves is one of the greatest challenges the industry faces as we seek to meet the world's growing demand for energy," said Don Paul, vice president and chief technology officer of the Chevron Corp. "Chevron is drilling at depths once thought impossible, and partnerships such as these are critical if we are to keep pushing the boundaries of possibility. We look forward to working with MITEI (the MIT Energy Initiative), both in the research effort and in developing engineering talent to deploy and operate the new technologies."
The $5 million Chevron Remote and Ultra-Deepwater Research Program will focus on developing the technologies required to access hydrocarbons in water depths up to and greater than 3,000 meters in a safe, cost effective and environmentally friendly manner, according to the company.
Additionally, the program includes the sponsorship of two named fellowships -- the Chevron Energy Fellows -- and makes Chevron a sustaining member of the MITEI, which was created to address global energy issues. The five-year program will also support MITEI's energy research seed fund to promote the development of a broad range of novel, innovative energy technologies and concepts across the institute, the company reported.