Opsens Receives Sensor Order from Oil Sands Operator

Opsens Inc. has announced an order from Nexen Inc. for its OPP-W fiber optic pressure and temperature sensor. The order, to equip three Nexen Long Lake well pairs with Opsens' proprietary technology, is being managed by Opsens' wholly-owned Edmonton-based unit, Opsens Solutions Inc.

"This new order builds on our previous successful installations and operation of OPP-W sensors in the oil sands and further demonstrates the growing interest in our technology from operators using the Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) process," said Gaétan Duplain, President of Opsens Solutions. "We look forward to working with Nexen and are confident that we will help them optimize their SAGD operations."

"Nexen understands the importance of robust, reliable, reservoir-surveillance technologies for optimizing operations in high-temperature environments," said Bill MacFarlane, Manager, Technology Integration, at Nexen. "We are pleased to be working with Opsens Solutions to evaluate OPP-W technology to assist us at our Long Lake Project."

Long Lake, a 50/50 joint-venture between Nexen and OPTI Canada Inc. is Canada's fourth major integrated oil sands project, and the first to integrate in situ bitumen recovery with gasification and onsite upgrading. Facility
construction was completed earlier this year, and the SAGD operation is currently producing bitumen feedstock.