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French trio: IFPEN, Beicip-Franlab, KAPPA, to collaborate on reservoir simulation

IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), Beicip-Franlab (BF), and KAPPA Engineering (KAPPA)

RUEIL-MALMAISON, France – IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), Beicip-Franlab (BF) and KAPPA Engineering (KAPPA) have announced the signature of a partnership to offer an advanced and complete reservoir simulation solution to the oil and gas industry.IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), Beicip-Franlab (BF), and KAPPA Engineering (KAPPA) are teaming up to provide a comprehensive reservoir simulation service to the oil and gas industry.

This contract follows a first collaboration in 2016 between BF and KAPPA on the commercialization of PumaFlow, IFPEN’s reservoir flow simulator.

This collaboration is now raised to a new level with the development and commercialisation of Puma, featuring PumaFlow simulator executed from a brand-new interface integrated into KAPPA-Workstation. Puma will replace PumaFlow in 2021. It will complement and share numerous features with Rubis, KAPPA’s full-field numerical model. The PumaFlow simulator will also be packaged and deployed as an independent service for the next generation of automation processes.

Puma, which will replace PumaFlow in 2021, will complement Rubis, KAPPA’s full-field numerical model. The PumaFlow simulator will also be available for deployment as an independent service for the next generation of automation processes.

IFPEN has amassed reservoir simulation expertise over 50 years, from laboratory experiments to numerical modeling.

BF, affiliated with IFPEN, is a consultant and software editor, specializing in fields from basin to integrated reservoir analysis.

KAPPA is an independent developer of reservoir engineering software and claims to be the market leader in the analysis of dynamic reservoir data.

“This partnership opens up new opportunities for IFPEN’s reservoir simulation activities, expanding the market for our software and giving us access to new customers,” said Catherine Rivière, IFPEN Energy Resources business unit director.

“Puma will allow our customers to accelerate field development studies and integrate to an unmatched level data analysis with advanced reservoir simulation, perfectly matching the need of new workflows,” added Jean Burrus, chairman and CEO of BF.

“In our initial partnership we did not go far enough. We needed to fully integrate IFPEN’s technology in our core products”, says Olivier Houzé, KAPPA Managing Director. “Puma will be a KAPPA product ‘powered by’ IFPEN. The work is ambitious but the timing is perfect, with the convergence of the industry recovery and the development of new automation workflows.”

About IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN)  

IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is a major research and training player in the fields of energy, transport and the environment. From research to industry, technological innovation is central to all its activities, structured around three strategic priorities: sustainable mobility, new energies and responsible oil and gas.

About Beicip-Franlab

Beicip-Franlab is a leading independent E&P consultant and a geoscience and reservoir engineering software developer. The company is part of the IFP Energies nouvelles Group. With over half a century of successful experience in E&P activities, Beicip-Franlab offers a full range of petroleum consulting services, from upstream to downstream. The company also provides its clients with best-in-class advice and software. Beicip-Franlab has hands-on expertise in most of the oil and gas provinces and is already serving over 1000 clients among the largest National and International Oil companies and Independents. Learn more at

About Kappa

KAPPA is the leading provider of Dynamic Data Analysis software. With its software used as the standard in the E&P industry, KAPPA has over 600 clients ranging from NOC’s, IOC’s, Independents to service companies across the globe. KAPPA offers complimentary training and consulting services. Learn more at


Date: January 17, 2018