El Paso Taps MSI for Buried Array Program in Haynesville Shale

MicroSeismic Inc. (MSI) has been awarded a contract for a Buried Array microseismic monitoring program in the Haynesville Shale by the El Paso Corporation. The El Paso Corporation owns North America's largest interstate natural gas pipeline system and is one of North America's largest independent natural gas producers.

MSI will install the Buried Array, its sixth in the Haynesville Shale play this year, to provide microseismic monitoring, mapping and analysis for hydraulic fracturing for El Paso's field development program. This will enable them to monitor the primary, secondary and tertiary activity, in a variety of reservoir conditions, for their Haynesville wells during the next few years.

The system applies MSI’s patented PSET® processing and analysis to the seismic data collected by MSI's Buried Array as the reservoir undergoes fracture stimulation. The Buried Array has been proven to offer both technical and cost advantages over other methods of microseismic monitoring. It enables operators to monitor a larger percentage of wells treated for a more complete picture of reservoir performance. An additional cost benefit with the utilization of a Buried Array is the advantage of not requiring dedicated monitoring wells, which are very expensive to drill in the Haynesville and are often negatively impacted by the high temperatures characteristic of the play.

"The Haynesville is a challenging play with a huge potential. As an operator in the Haynesville, you want to do everything possible to increase your success rate. El Paso understands this and will utilize our Buried Array technology to help improve their frac programs and better understand their reservoir," said Peter Duncan, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of MicroSeismic, Inc. "This is our sixth Buried Array program implemented in the Haynesville this year and we have several more planned for other clients in the immediate future. We now have more than 140 square miles of permanent, Buried Arrays installed in the Haynesville which will be used to monitor more than 130 wells, and we have additional arrays planned for other major shale plays."