Monthly Archives: May 2018

Silixa to exhibit at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference in Houston, TX, USA on 23-25 July 2018

Silixa will be exhibiting at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTec) in Houston, TX, USA on 23-25 July 2018.

To see how we can expand your hydraulic fracture monitoring and seismic acquisition options please visit us at our stand #2033 or email gina.elesztos@silixa.com to arrange a meeting.

Jointly organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), URTec has become the premier science-based marketplace for unconventional exploration, drilling and production ideas and technologies.

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2019-02-06T13:03:40+00:00May 25th, 2018|Events|

Silixa to exhibit at EAGE 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark on 11-14 June, 2018

Silixa will be exhibiting at the 80th EAGE Conference & Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark on 11 – 14 June, 2018.

The show is the world’s largest geoscience event that addresses key aspects of the oil & gas industry; the newest technologies, latest developments and innovative services.

To learn more about Silixa’s latest advances in distributed fibre optic technology please visit us at booth 1470 or email gina.elesztos@silixa.com to arrange a meeting.

We will also be presenting at the Fibre Optic Sensors in Surface and Borehole Geophysics Workshop (WS08) on 11 June 2018 at 9.10 am. Our presentation is titled: “Seismic and microseismic detection using a wide dynamic-range distributed & engineered fiber optic ccoustic sensor“.

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2019-02-06T13:03:40+00:00May 25th, 2018|Events|

The case for (lots of) new sensing technologies in mining plants

It takes a while to introduce new technologies in mining. Part of the challenge is budgetary; in 2015, EY, reported that the mining and metals sector spends 90% less on technology and innovation than the petroleum sector [1]. However, that stark contrast needs to be put into context. The market for major metals and minerals is something like US$660BN/yr, which is only about 1/3rd of the world wide oil market [2]. Further, the relative CAPEX spend in the two sectors is vastly different. Before the bubble burst, Wood Mackenzie reported that the 2012 capex in mining was around US$130BN [3]. By contrast, when Brent Oil was selling for $120/bbl before the price crash, McKinsey reports the combined spending on greenfield and brownfield projects in the petroleum industry reached US$520BN [4]. Therefore, in context, the 90% differential in innovation spending between these two markets is less “shocking” and more “rather startling”…but it still represents a problem.

Processing costs

The challenges for innovation in mining are not only a function of the overall spend on new technologies. Consider where the money is being spent. The mining of minerals requires as a minimum exploration, extraction, processing, and transport of materials (and the management of their residue, but that is a topic for next time). At the Tier 1 level, greenfield mining projects usually costs several billion dollars US to ramp-up. Large concentrators, like the sulphides unit at Kansanshi, cost around $500MN to put in place [5]. Some smelters have a similar cost. Further, once in operation, processing environments continue to be a significant focus for opex. Given the prominence of processing costs on the balance sheets of mining companies and their trading partners, one might expect to see benefits from the current wave of digital innovation impact both extraction and processing; but momentum on the ground suggest otherwise.

Diggers have all the fun

Mining Magazine has a Future of Mining focus which is dedicated to brilliant new technologies in the sector [6]. FoM brings attention to new systems that offer help to miners who wish to be safer and more sustainable in an economic fashion. The current edition of the site presents a range of interesting solutions to challenges in mining. Looking at the 18 technologies listed since the beginning of 2018, only 3 pertain to processing operations (including some amazing and impressive approaches to tailings). Recent reports (Q1 2018) on innovation by the most well-known management consultants are similar in tone; with lots of mentions concerning autonomous trucks and blockchain, but not much thought to the actual mine-to-mill nitty gritty.

Gritty innovation

Breaking through the current challenges facing the metals industry will require disruptions right through the entire extraction, processing, and supply chain. The number of large copper discoveries is at a local minimum just as the car companies are becoming Cu-Co -dependent; this suggests that a supply-side squeeze could impact metals markets, and that there won’t be any quick fixes enabled by new copper finds (“there is no shale oil for copper” [7]). When it comes to unlocking value from existing projects, one problem seems to be that different section withins the processing environment are often viewed and installed “as discrete projects. But they are most effective when seen holistically” [8]. Charles Andress of NALCO also articulated this point recently in Mining Magazine [9], when he observed that “[t]he flotation industry is still somewhat fragmented. Each of the equipment suppliers, customers and reagent suppliers are working on their own development programmes. Increasing partnerships between customer, equipment and chemical suppliers will be needed help solve the mining industries problems.”

Sense-able solutions

In fact, there are many folks out there with great ideas concerning plant efficiencies; though many of the ideas in circulation are in near-conflict with eachother. It is virtually unavoidable that different processing trends will come and go. Some approaches will focus on particle sizes, others will espouse the importance of reagent flow or air usage; but all will rely on *sensing*. Regardless of the outlook, the ability to pursue any processing philosophy comes down to the control team’s ability to measure what is happening in their plant. Silixa’s metering offering plays to that dynamic. By allowing our customers to measure every air, water, slurry, or concentrate flow in their plant non-intrusively using a single optic fibre, we think that fibre can enable debottlenecking by whatever method you choose. Click here to check out our sensing solutions for mining plants.

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 [1] http://www.ey.com/au/en/industries/mining—metals/ey-september-2015-mining-uncovered-the-role-of-innovation-in-mining

[2] http://www.visualcapitalist.com/size-oil-market/

[3] https://www.woodmac.com/reports/metals-global-mining-capex-spend-winners-and-losers-41516609

[4] https://www.mckinseyenergyinsights.com/insights/oil-production-capex-is-a-rebound-in-sight/

[5] http://www.mmg.com/en/Investors-and-Media/Reports-and-Presentations/~/media/Reports%20and%20Presentations/Presentations/2017/170405_Las_Bambas_Site_Visit

[6] http://www.miningmagazine.com/future-of-mining/

[7] https://www.ft.com/content/ab449d00-2c34-11e8-9b4b-bc4b9f08f381

[8] http://magazine.cim.org/en/technology/the-future-of-flotation/

[9] http://www.miningmagazine.com/equipment/mineral-processing/par-for-the-coarse/

 

2019-02-06T13:04:47+00:00May 25th, 2018|News|

Silixa announces PRODML DAS 2.0 implementation

Silixa is pleased to announce the implementation of PRODML DAS 2.0 from Energistics¹ in its Carina® Sensing System.

PRODML is a set of standards for handling complex data types, ensuring efficient data management between service providers and operating companies. It provides a way to share standardised DAS and DTS data sets.

PRODML 2.0 has been defined, developed and maintained by an open consortium involving specialists from member companies and organisations that are part of the global upstream oil and gas industry.

Implementation of ProdML DAS 2.0 provides us with a significant improvement in data management,” says Garth Naldrett, Chief Products Officer for Silixa. “Prior to the PRODML DAS 2.0 standard implementation we had numerous requests from our clients for adoption of their own particular file format. This was costly to support and impacted negatively on our service quality, as it increased the time taken to deliver data. We now have a single data format allowing us to quickly deliver data to customers before we leave the wellsite.“

PRODML DAS is not the only Energistics standard Silixa conforms to, the DTS range of products including the ULTIMA™ DTS and XT-DTS™ follows the WITSML standard. As well as working towards PRODML 2.1, Silixa is also involved with Energistics’ Special Interest Group (SIG) in the early development stage of a streaming standard for DAS.

¹ https://www.energistics.org/

2019-02-06T13:04:47+00:00May 25th, 2018|News|