(EnergyAsia, March 30 2012, Friday) — ITF, a UK-based oil and gas industry technology facilitator, said it has signed up Thai state oil company PTT Exploration & Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) as a member.

PTTEP is the latest ITF member in Southeast Asia and the second after Malaysia’s state Petronas to support oil and gas technology development and address technology challenges in the region.

ITF plans to secure A$9 million investment from its members across the Asia-Pacific region to launch ground breaking technologies. The organisation will also bolster its team by creating a business development position, which will be based at its Kuala Lumpur office to further strengthen its presence across the region. (US$1=A$0.95)

ITF will now work with PTTEP to fund innovative solutions to key technology challenges which have been identified in South East Asia, including unconventional reservoir characterisation, sub-basalt imaging and nanotechnology.

Headquartered in Bangkok, PTTEP has more than 3,500 employees and is dedicated to providing a sustainable petroleum supply to Thailand and the countries it operates in.

Chumpol Rojanachan, vice president, Corporate Knowledge Management from PTTEP, said:

“Membership with ITF allows PTTEP to tackle the issues associated with unconventional reservoirs and operational technology challenges in a joined up approach with other oil and gas operators.  Our existing operations in domestic and international areas as well as growth initiatives in deepwater Myanmar and Indonesia can be efficiently supported through ITF joint industry projects.”

ITF members share funding and risk on bringing forward new solutions through joint industry projects (JIPs). Developers are offered up to 100% funding and innovators retain full intellectual property rights.

Ryan McPherson, ITF’s regional director in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, said:

“Southeast Asia is an important market for the energy industry and PTTEP’s membership is central to our growth strategy for the area. We are dedicated to finding novel technologies that will help to boost production in the region.”

ITF has launched more than 180 JIPs from early stage through to field trials and commercialisation. The organisation aims to secure a further £50 million for projects by 2015.