Kappa to develop black oil simulator

Kappa Engineering, best known for its well test and production log software is developing a large-scale black oil simulator for the PC.

Since it was founded in 1987 by two Flopetrol-Johnston engineers, Paris-based Kappa Engineering has carved out quite a niche for itself in the field of well test and production log interpretation software.

2000 licenses

Sales of Kappa’s ‘Saphir’ well test and ‘Emeraude’ production log interpretation applications have grown by an average of 20% per annum for the last 10 years. Kappa now claims over 2000 active licensees in some 300 companies worldwide. Kappa clients include oil majors, but its best clients are service companies such as Schlumberger and Halliburton, even though both have competing products.


Olivier Allain told PDM that Kappa is currently working on a large-scale reservoir simulator. The intent is to enter this market gradually, not as a head on competitor with Eclipse. The product will start out as a out as a black oil, PC-based application. More from www.kappaeng.com.

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