Energy technical services company WellDog is partnering with distributed fiber optic monitoring solutions provider Silixa to develop and commercialize new technical solutions for oil and gas operators.
The long-term partnership will focus on delivering distributed temperature and distributed acoustic sensing products and services using WellDog’s industry-leading high volume, cost-effective, customer-focused business model. Laramie, Wyo.-based WellDog and UK-based Silixa also are working to combine Silixa’s technology platform with WellDog’s Raman chemical sensing technology platform to boost operator visibility to the complex geochemical and geophysical downhole environment.
The near-term focus of the partnerships will be on unconventional oil and gas, but the technology has applications for conventional oil and gas, environmental and other subsurface applications, WellDog President and CEO John Pope told Rigzone in an interview.
“What we’re focusing on in the near-term is how the technologies can be used to enhance understanding of subsurface reservoirs,” said Pope. By combining information from the two technologies, greater context for interpretation can be gained. In the long-term, the possibility exists of combining the technologies to do measurements that nobody has done before.
In general, the optical fiber sensing industry has been moving towards chemical sensing. At the same time, WellDog has been moving towards more distributed sensing opportunities. Hence, a natural connection exists between the two company platforms.
Pope said WellDog is seeing companies that are very open to solutions that can aid in near-term financial return, especially as the industry backs away from large capital expenditures. “Innovation is what drives improved economics of unconventional wells, and has a role to play right now. It just has to be a fast role.”
With WellDog’s existing downhole sensors, Silixa will be able to offer a wide range of cost-effective and reliable monitoring services to clients, Silixa CEO Mahmoud Farhadiroushan said in a Sept. 14 press statement.
The companies are working to commercialize a series of new products and services over the next few quarters. This partnership heralds the third new product or service launched by WellDog this year.
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