Serpong – BRIN Public Relations. The Nuclear Energy Research Organization (ORTN) of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) through the Center for Radiation Detection and Nuclear Analysis Research and Technology (PRTDRAN) jointly with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) is exploring cooperation in the use of nuclear technology to detect Hydrocarbon content in the reservoir rock to determine the presence of oil trapped in rocks, Monday (07/03).

Hydrocarbon analysis has an important role in determining the size of oil and gas reserves, and can see the potential of oil in rocks. Research conducted to detect the content of Hydrocarbons in reservoir rocks, such as Limestone and Sandstone, uses the Neutron method and X-ray imaging, through tomographic manipulation.

Fahrurozzi Akbar, a researcher in the field of nuclear instrumentation, said, although this research is still at an early stage, it is ready to be tested. In fact, since 2020, the Nuclear Energy RO has collaborated with the Faculty of Earth Science and Energy Technology – Graduate Program of Petroleum Engineering of Trisakti University to jointly conduct this research.

According to Fahrurrozi, thus far, to detect oil in rocks, we still use indirect methods such as neutron backscatter, ultrasonic, or magnetic resonance. The results of analysis obtained from the three methods are in the form of curves that require interpretation to read it.

“But with the Neutron imaging method, we will get quantitative and qualitative results on rocks directly. The resulting image is in three-dimensional form,” he explained.

On the same occasion, member of the Supervisory Board of the Public Service Agency (BLU) LEMIGAS – Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Nanang A. Manaf, stated that the method owned by the ORTN can be utilized in the form of collaboration with the Pertamina research center to complete the standard testing usually carried out by the upstream oil and gas industry. “The accuracy rate will be higher than the regular method. This method is also needed for advance studies in the reservoir field,” he said.

“This research can be collaborated with the Pertamina Research Center Team as it has been done with Trisakti. These methods complement each other,” continued Nanang.

Meanwhile, the Special Staff of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources for the Acceleration of Infrastructure Development and Investment, Triharyo Soesilo, sees considerable potential in the neutron tomography method developed by the Nuclear Energy RO. “From what we see, this method can not only be used to determine the hydrocarbon content in rocks, but can be re-developed for geothermal research, to find porosity and probability,” he said.

Triharyo hopes to work closely with BRIN to start using this neutron tomography method, which is to analyze samples from results of drilling in an area, so that we can determine the hydrocarbons and see oil potential in the area. (SET, la)