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Remote Reservoir Resistivity Mapping (R3M)

ExxonMobil scientists developed Remote Reservoir Resistivity Mapping, or R3M. It is a sophisticated technology based on a simple fact: that oil and gas are poor conductors of electricity.

R3M uses extremely low-frequency electromagnetic waves to discern these resistive deposits – remotely “mapping” undersea oil and gas reservoirs with accuracy. R3M improves our ability to search for oil and gas in hard-to-reach locations such as deep water and has been used successfully to explore off the coasts of West Africa, Brazil, Colombia and Canada as well as in the Gulf of Mexico.