The real-time strategy game can be downloaded for free over the internet. Based on Maersk Oil and Maersk Drilling's experience, it tests both the analytic and practical skills of participants.
Players need to look for oil on a seismic map, assessing a variety of factors – What does the underground look like? Which layers of earth does it consist of? And where is the oil locked?
Then they are tested on how precisely they position their drilling equipment, keeping an eye on temperature and pressure, before they can start extracting and producing the oil they have found.
“We want to use the computer game to tell the story of an extremely innovative business,” says Claus Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling.
“We wish to engage in dialogue about our oil and energy business through gamification and at the same time give all interested the best opportunity to experience the underground.”
“Most people take for granted that we have oil and natural gas and not many people understand what it takes to find and produce it,” adds Jakob Thomasen, CEO of Maersk Oil.
“The world's need for oil and gas is leading exploration into ever deeper waters and ventures demanding precision and cutting edge technology. It's a sophisticated, fascinating industry and 'Quest for Oil' offers everybody a glimpse of what oil and gas exploration is all about today.”