Construction work of the Physical rock Measurements Centre has started on land acquired by Total and located at Artigueloutan, a small town within the Pau-Pyrenees Agglomeration Community.
The construction of this centre has three main objectives
● To create a state-of-the-art tool allowing the optimisation of the reliability of data sets acquired in oil wells and mine shafts, and thus gain in efficiency
● To reduce the cost of data acquirement through access to « master » measurement standards and to tools of more simple use.
● To offer in-the-field training to the Group’s young geologists and reservoir engineers, in addition to their theoretical training
Through this choice of location, the Total Group, as part of its activities of research, studies, expertise and training, fosters the emergence of a competitive cutting-edge industrial fabric near to the CSTJF, able to respond to the challenges of the future of the oil, mining and geotechnical industries. In this way it participates in the strengthening of the technological attractivity and in the development of skilled employment in Béarn.
The Exploration-Production branch of the TOTAL group, established in Béarn since the beginning of the 1950s , thus continues to participate in the development of geosciences expertise activities as part of the studies carried out at Total’s Centre Scientifique et Technique Jean Féger, located at Pau.