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Silixa expands capabilities for the North American unconventional oil and gas market

Silixa announced today that they are expanding their capabilities in North America to better serve the unconventional oil and gas market. This expansion is primarily driven by increased demand for Silixa’s ArrayFrac™ and ArrayXwell™ fracture and cross-well monitoring services.

“We have significantly improved our capabilities for our customers in North America and our solutions empower customers to make informed decisions on the fly to manage their assets effectively. We do this by providing valuable data with never-before-seen clarity,” said Glynn Williams, Silixa’s Chief Executive Officer.

Silixa, established in 2007, improves the performance, reduces operational costs and extends the lifespan of any asset by delivering data driven solutions from distributed fibre optic monitoring arrays.

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2018-10-12T10:28:11+00:00October 12th, 2018|Front page, News|

Silixa to present at SEG 2018, in Anaheim, California, USA on 19 October 2018

Silixa will be presenting at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 88th Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, USA on 19 October 2018.

Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Silixa’s Executive Director, will present on Fiber Optic Distributed and Engineered Acoustic Sensors for New Seismic and Microseismic applications at the Validating Measurements, Developing Processing Methods, and Integrating to Optimize Velocity Models for Improving Subsurface Imaging DAS workshop.

His presentation will focus on new applications enabled by Silixa’s Carina® Sensing System, the engineered acoustic sensor, that has 100x better SNR than other DAS systems due to its advanced sensing architecture.

In unconventional wells, in addition to seismic and microseismic measurements, the low frequency response of the Carina Sensing System, down to milli-Hertz, is used to monitor the hydraulically induced strain effect in offset wells that can provide valuable data for improving the understanding of the rock properties and determining the fracture heights as well as hydraulic connectivity between offset wells.

The system also has a high potential for use in subsea applications either by marinization of the DAS interrogator unit for direct installation near the wellhead to avoid the long-tie back fiber attenuations, or by combining existing fibers in the subsea umbilical with the enhanced optical signal received from the downhole Constellation fiber.

Mahmoud will present some initial results demonstrating the feasibility of deploying the new engineered acoustic system in subsea wells with long-offset over 20km distance.

Presentation details:

Worshop 20: DAS: Validating Measurements, Developing Processing Methods, and Integrating to Optimize Velocity Models for Improving Subsurface Imaging
Session 2: Fiber Optic Distributed and Engineered Acoustic Sensors for New Seismic and Microseismic Applications
Start time: 10.20 am
Date: 19 October 2018
Room: 204B

SEG 2018 will feature robust, cutting-edge education programming including 151 Technical Program sessions with more than 1,080 presentations, 13 Continuing Education courses, 3 Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section Panel Discussions, 22 Postconvention Workshops, and much more.

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SEG 2018

 

 

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2018-10-11T11:06:59+00:00October 11th, 2018|Events, Front page|

Silixa and Uppsala University collaborate with SKB in unique experiment

The protection and safeguarding of the environment today is of primary importance. Nuclear power agencies are taking significant additional measures to introduce and adopt innovative monitoring techniques in respect of waste storage.

The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) in collaboration with HydroResearch Sam Johansson AB, Uppsala University and Silixa Ltd have introduced Silixa’s distributed fiber optic sensing  systems to evaluate its monitoring capabilities of conditions in the sub-surface and deliver feedback to engineers to assist with the design and construction processes of a new waste storage facility.  The system is currently being evaluated together with existing technologies in an effort to expand the monitoring capabilities not only during construction but also through the operational life of the repository.

The main scope of this feasibility trial, which is the first of its kind, is to compare technologies for seismic monitoring and to map and characterize the geological formation, which is achieved using active and passive seismic techniques.

During the first survey, geophones and different cable constructions were installed in a monitoring borehole to an initial depth of 200 m. Additionally the borehole was instrumented with a heat active optical fibre cable to allow characterisation of the thermal conductivity along the entire depth using active distributed temperature sensing.  Preliminary tests have produced encouraging results using both the intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor (iDAS™) and Carina® Sensing System, as well as the ULTIMA™ DTS,  distributed temperature sensor.

Distributed sensing systems offer an unprecedented opportunity for applications in the environmental sector, where the processes are on scales from centimetres to kilometres. Distributed fibre optic monitoring offers fine spatial resolution and the ability to easily repeat measurements to create a temporal profile. This can be delivered for  large areas, long lengths and at locations where conventional transducers are not applicable or cost effective.

Temperature sensing has been proven to be the technique of choice for numerous environmental applications, such as soil moisture monitoring, groundwater-surface water interactions in streams, fractured rock characterisation and flow dynamics into boreholes.

Distributed acoustic sensing has been used in many seismic acquisitions to date, encompassing vertical seismic profiles (VSP), in both flowing and non-flowing oil wells, CO2 storage wells and surface seismic surveys.

Both techniques have been deployed in geophysical monitoring applications.

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2018-09-14T12:30:15+00:00September 13th, 2018|Events, Front page|

Silixa to present at the SPE Fiber-Optic Sensing Applications for Well, Reservoir and Asset Management Workshop in Denver, CO, USA on 28-30 August 2018

Silixa will be presenting at the SPE affiliated Fiber-Optic Sensing Applications for Well, Reservoir and Asset Management Workshop in Denver, Colorado, USA on 28-30 August 2018.

Garth Naldrett, Silixa’s Chief Product Officer, will present on Evaluation of Distributed and Engineered Acoustic Sensors for Multiphase Flow Measurements including Phase Allocation Using a Machine Learning Technique on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 10.45 am (Session 2: Emerging and Enabling Technologies.)

Garth will also present on Silixa’s Downhole Distributed Fiber Optic Production Logging Tool on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 at 08.00 am (Session 5: New Technologies)

Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Silixa’s Executive Director, will present on Mapping the Orientation of Downhole Sensing Cables and Control Lines Using a Hybrid Distributed and Engineered Acoustic Sensing System on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 at 10.00 am (Session 6: Fiber Deployment).

The workshop will discuss technologies that are used to optimize reservoir and field development and operations.

For more information please contact us.

Related Links: SPE Fiber-Optic Sensing Applications for Well, Reservoir, and Asset Management Workshop

2018-08-25T08:45:44+00:00August 21st, 2018|Events, Front page|

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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Related Links: URTeC 2018

2018-06-03T09:00:29+00:00May 25th, 2018|Events, Front page|

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2018-06-04T13:53:56+00:00January 16th, 2017|Front page, New site|

Silixa to present at the Copper Cobalt Africa – 9th Base Metals Conference 2018 in Livingstone, Zambia on 12th July 2018

Daniel Finfer, Silixa’s BDM – Mining, will be presenting on “Flotation process metering of concentrate, slurry, air and water flows using non-intrusive fibre-optic sensing,” at the Copper Cobalt Africa – 9th Base Metals Conference in session 6A, titled “Concentration and flotation.”

During his talk, Daniel will present a case study on a pilot at Anglo American’s Mogalakwena North Concentrator, where a single, continuous length of optical fibre was used to meter concentrate, water, slurry and air flows. The results indicate that this new technology can meter many process flows simultaneously throughout flotation plants using nonintrusive instrumentation, opening a new era for closed loop flow control in flotation.

Jointly hosted by the Mining and Metallurgy Technical Programme Committees of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), the conference aims to provide a unique forum for discussion, sharing of experience and knowledge for those interested in the processing of copper and cobalt in an African context. It also promotes an understanding of new and existing technologies that can lead to safe and optimal resource utilization.

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Related links:

Copper Cobalt Africa – 9th Base Metals Conference 2018

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2018-07-02T09:39:06+00:00June 18th, 2018|Events, Front page|

Silixa Limited announces launch of Carina® Seismic, game-changing high-resolution, fibre optic-based on-demand seismic service

Copenhagen, Denmark – June 12th 2018

Silixa Ltd announces the launch of Carina® Seismic, a high-resolution, distributed fibre optic sensing-based seismic acquisition platform that delivers high-accuracy, repeat seismic on demand without interrupting production or risking infrastructure, for the fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods.

Carina Seismic capitalises on the breakthrough performance of the Carina® Sensing System, the engineered fibre optic sensing system, that utilises Silixa’s new family of Constellation™ fibres, achieving up to 20dB (100x) improvement in signal to noise ratio compared to standard fibres.

Carina Seismic can eliminate the need for costly and high-risk well-interventions or ocean bottom seismic and offers continuous data availability along the entire wellbore for every seismic shot, throughout the life of the well. High signal to noise ratio gives data quality comparable to that of a conventional geophone array and enables seismic surveys with nominal source effort, hence lowering the operation time and cost.

Permanent installations enable 4D seismic on demand as well as surveys in flowing wells, without the need for intervention.

Glynn Williams, Silixa’s CEO, said: “We are proud to launch our Carina Seismic service that represents the most significant step forward in seismic technology to date and is expected to disrupt conventional geophysical surveying methods. Until now, accurate in-well seismic data from the most valuable assets was rarely acquired because of the cost and risks associated with well-intervention wireline or seabed seismic. Carina Seismic not only expands the seismic acquisition options but does that with substantial cost savings, without having to compromise on data quality. The service is immediately available with the potential of delivering additional benefits, such as continuous well diagnostics throughout the life of well.”

About Silixa

Silixa (www.silixa.com) improves the performance, reduces operational costs and extends the lifespan of any asset by delivering the world’s highest quality data driven solutions from distributed fibre optic monitoring arrays.

Media contact: Gina Elesztos, Marketing Manager
gina.elesztos@silixa.com

2018-09-19T08:19:21+00:00June 12th, 2018|Front page, News|

Silixa to present at the Fibre Optic Sensors in Surface and Borehole Geophysics Workshop at EAGE 2018

Join us for our presentation at the Fibre Optic Sensors in Surface and Borehole Geophysics Workshop (WS08) at EAGE 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark on 11 June 2018 at 9.00 am.

Our presentation, titled “Seismic and Microseismic Detection Using a Wide Dynamic-range Distributed and Engineered Fiber Optic Acoustic Sensor”, describes the rapid development of the fiber optic acoustic sensing technology that seeks to disrupt the conventional geophysical surveying methods and enables the realisation of new applications where the fibre optic cable can be easily utilised as a dense wide-aperture phase-array sensor.

In offshore applications the permanent installation of fiber optic cables along the production and injection wells enables more frequent and cost-effective distributed seismic data to be acquired on existing single mode and multimode fibers using our iDAS™.

In unconventional wells, in addition to seismic and microseismic measurements, the low frequency response of the DAS system down to milli-Hertz is used to monitor the hydraulically induced strain effect in offset wells that can provide valuable data for improving the understanding of the rock properties and determining the fracture heights.

Silixa has also recently developed the next generation Carina® Sensing System that combines the properties of engineered Constellation™ fiber with low-noise and wide dynamic-range opto-electronic interrogator to achieve significant improvements in signal-to-noise performance, beyond the performance of geophones.

We will also present some initial results demonstrating the feasibility of deploying the Carina Sensing System for long-offset subsea wells.

For more information please contact us.

Related links: EAGE Workshops 2018


2018-04-19T13:03:00+00:00March 21st, 2018|Events, Front page|

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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Related links: EAGE 2018

2018-06-03T08:54:54+00:00May 25th, 2018|Events, Front page|