Agilent (California, USA) has announced the formation of a petroleum research collaboration with the University of Houston (Texas, USA). The collaboration has been set up to further understanding of the geology and composition of the vital resource, crude oil. The collaboration will combine the technical resources and equipment of Agilent with the petroleum research at the University of Houston’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
Agilent are set to provide instrumentation valued at more than $1 million, to progress the development of analysis methods for the identification of the geology and composition of crude oil samples. It is hoped that these studies will enable the characterization of oil-bearing formations, further aiding the location of new crude oil deposits.
"The University of Houston is pleased to be a part of this collaboration, which is an important research effort for the oil and gas industry and its ongoing efforts to better assess proven reserves and discover new deposits," said Rathindra Bose, the university's vice chancellor/vice president for research and technology transfer. "Thanks to this agreement, researchers in our Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will have access to the most advanced instruments available today to further their research."
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