Silixa expands its technical capability with addition of Senior Geophysicist

Silixa is pleased to announce that Pierpaolo Marchesini has joined the company’s UK branch in the capacity of Senior Geophysicist, effective immediately.

Pierpaolo’s appointment will help expand Silixa’s geophysical service offerings and will enable the company to respond faster to the global energy challenges, further developing Silixa’s active seismic monitoring portfolio in the renewable and alternative energy markets, focusing on applications such as geothermal and CO2 storage monitoring.

I am delighted to welcome Pierpaolo to the Silixa team. He joins us during an exciting time when the urgency of climate change challenges demands immediate action. Silixa is dedicated to being at the forefront of the technology and innovation-led transformation that is happening in the energy industry. I am confident that Pierpaolo’s expertise will contribute significantly to the rapid adaptation of our cutting-edge distributed sensing-based monitoring solutions in the alternative and renewable energy markets,” commented Glynn Williams, CEO.

Pierpaolo joins Silixa with 15 years’ experience in time-lapse technologies for sub-surface characterization and monitoring gained in various roles with prestigious organizations such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Center for Carbonate Research (CSL). His work has been published widely in academic and industry forums.


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2020-11-30T12:15:52+00:00November 30th, 2020|News|

Silixa launches its advanced fibre-optic sensing-based monitoring solution for Carbon Capture and Storage

Carina® CarbonSecure™ delivers safety, sustainability, and substantial cost savings

24th November 2020, London, UK – Silixa has today announced the launch of Carina® CarbonSecure™, its distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) based solution for continuous or on-demand monitoring of all stages of carbon capture and storage (CCS) operations. The new solution offers offshore and on-land operators the necessary monitoring measures with a reduced cost and environmental impact of their CCS facilities. The solution enables operators to provide the assurance to regulators and communities necessary to expand CCS adoption worldwide.

Spokesperson Glynn Williams, CEO at Silixa, says: “CCS is a key component of the energy transition and plays an essential role in achieving international emissions targets. Studies from both the IPCC and the IEA recommend a renewed focus on CCS as the only proven technology that can be deployed at the scale needed to achieve essential climate goals. That is why we are launching Carina CarbonSecure: to enable the low-cost, reliable, and exceptionally accurate monitoring capability that is crucial to the take-up of CCS.”

Carina CarbonSecure delivers ultra-high resolution, densely sampled acoustic data for real-time continuous and/or on-demand monitoring. Elements of the solution include microseismic monitoring and passive seismic throughout the lifetime of a CO2 storage facility. The system also includes 3D vertical seismic profiling (VSP), time-lapse seismic, well-integrity and leak detection to ensure maximum safety over the various stages of CCS development.

Carina CarbonSecure is a reservoir management tool. It can be deployed to:

  1. Assess the viability of geological formations for carbon storage during site characterisation.
  2. Monitor microseismic activity during the injection phase.
  3. Ensure well and storage integrity when CO2 is being injected.
  4. Provide 4D monitoring of the CO2 plume migration throughout the lifetime of the facility.

Proven performance

At the core of Carina CarbonSecure is Silixa’s Carina® Sensing System, a patented, precision-engineered fibre-optic acoustic sensing system that is proven to achieve 20 dB or 100x improvement in signal-to-noise ratio compared to standard DAS systems.

Carina CarbonSecure requires minimal seismic sources on land and fewer seismic shots offshore to acquire seismic data, meaning it can significantly reduce a project’s environmental impact and cost. The system can be fully automated, enabling unmanned and remote seismic surveys on demand, lowering costs further while increasing employee safety.

In addition, Carina CarbonSecure’s fibre array delivers high resolution temperature data, is permanently installed and, because it has no mechanical parts, can be used without maintenance for decades in line with mandated CCS monitoring periods.

 Williams adds: “Carina CarbonSecure is new in the market, but it utilises proven technology with a significant track record throughout the hydrocarbon value chain. We have leveraged the extensive experience, R&D investment, and technical expertise within Silixa to create a low-impact solution that can secure CO2 storage facilities – and demonstrate that security – while transforming the CCS cost model. We believe it is a vital step for creating a viable global infrastructure for essential CCS.”


Silixa is a privately-owned specialist service company trusted by operators throughout the global oil and gas, mining, and environmental monitoring sectors. Utilising the team’s deeply embedded sector-specific technical expertise, the company manufactures the world’s best-performing distributed acoustic and temperature sensors: Carina® Sensing System, iDAS™, ULTIMA™ DTS, and XT-DTS™. The company continues to invest extensively in R&D around these technologies.

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2020-11-24T11:52:22+00:00November 24th, 2020|News|

Silixa remains fully operational and open for business

In the light of the latest COVID-19 restrictions introduced by the United Kingdom Government, Silixa would like to reassure its customers, partners and suppliers that we have taken all the necessary steps to protect the wellbeing of Silixa’s employees and the interests of our customers. Our manufacturing facilities are COVID Secure and our technical and operational staff are supporting our customer activities by working from home such that Silixa remains fully operational with no disruption to our day-to-day operations.

Our dedicated Emergency Response Team is closely monitoring the situation and we continue to follow the laws and guidance in all jurisdictions where we deliver our services and solutions.

The Silixa team remains secure and well connected so that we can continue to deliver, as best as possible in the current circumstances, the same project and service excellence as always to our customers.

We wish everyone well during these challenging times. We will continue to provide ongoing updates as required.




2020-11-05T11:05:29+00:00November 5th, 2020|News|
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