Royal Dutch Shell is set to work with HP to develop a seismic data system, which will help analyse prospective sites for oil and gas exploration.

The company, which is attempting to carve $3 billion from operational costs, said the system would obtain “high quality seismic data on land”. The technology will operate wirelessly.

Seismic data would “vastly improve” with the new technology, Shell said. The aim is for the new information to have a higher channel count and broader sensor frequency.

CIO 100 ranked Shell will collect and store the data on its seismic imaging systems, integrating the data feed with its high performance computing environment.

The new system will be based on high performance sensing systems recently developed by HP, and will link into HP ProCurve networking systems as well as HP storage and software.

Gerald Schotman, executive VP of innovation and research at Shell, said the move was a “leap forward in seismic data quality that will provide Shell with a competitive advantage in exploring difficult oil and gas reservoirs”.

Exploration would improve, he said, in areas such as sub-salt environments in the Middle East and unconventional gas sites in North America.