Anglo American leverages Silixa’s process metering technology to win smart technology sustainability prize

Anglo American FutureSmart MiningTM wins “Best Use of Smart Technology for Sustainability” award at Mines and Technology 2017

London, 5 December 2017

Anglo American (LSE:AAL) has been awarded the prize for best use of smart technologies in sustainability at the 2017 edition of Mines and Technology. The prize, which was accepted for Anglo American by Donovan Waller (Group Head of Technology Development), was presented last week at a Gala dinner in London. This award was presented in recognition of the company’s innovative efforts to deploy and integrate Silixa’s non-intrusive optical process metering flow measurement technology at Mogalakwena Platinum Mine.

Mogalakwena Platinum Mine is located in a water stressed region with complex water management requirements.  Working with Silixa, Anglo American’s FutureSmart MiningTM program installed the world’s first permanent, non-intrusive, multi-zone, flow metering system based on distributed acoustic sensing technology.  Covering over 16km, the circuit requires no power, has no expensive sensing parts, requires no alteration of the pipeline and hence no interruption to flow.  The system delivers robust flow measurements for automatic incorporation into water balance calculations. Borne from the Pervasive Sensing project theme arising from the 2015 FutureSmart MiningTM Open Forum on water, the technology is now being expanded into the process realm where the value addition is likely to be significant.

“This honour represents an important validation of the hard work of our extraordinary team at Silixa. Our corporate vision is to apply our distributed fibre optic sensing technology in creative ways to develop applications that help deal with the world’s greatest industrial challenges, whether that is safely optimising production, or providing effective flow metering. Our ultimate goal is to change how distributed sensing is used in industry,“ said Glynn Williams, Silixa’s CEO.

Mines and Technology’s Outstanding Achievement Awards and Gala Dinner attracted hundreds of senior representatives from all tiers of mining companies, investment institutions, government delegations as well as a range of technology providers. The night was an opportunity to honour the companies and individuals who exhibited outstanding achievement in 5 distinct technology achievement categories.

About Silixa

Silixa Ltd, based in London UK and the US, was established in 2007 and is supported by investors Lime Rock Partners, Chevron Technology Ventures and Statoil Technology Invest.  Silixa is transforming how distributed sensing is used in the energy sector by applying the power of the world’s highest performing distributed acoustic (iDAS™ and Carina® Sensing System) and temperature sensing (ULTIMA™ DTS, XT-DTS) technologies. Silixa delivers distributed fibre optic monitoring solutions on both new and existing fibre cable installations with the highest levels of accuracy in the industry to improve performance, reduce operational costs and extend the lifespan of any asset.

About Anglo American

Anglo American is a globally diversified mining business. Our portfolio of world-class competitive mining operations and undeveloped resources provides the raw materials to meet the growing consumer-driven demands of the world’s developed and maturing economies. Our people are at the heart of our business. It is our people who use the latest technologies to find new resources, plan and build our mines and who mine, process and move and market our products to our customers around the world.

As a responsible miner – of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum and other precious metals, iron ore, coal and nickel – we are the custodians of what are precious natural resources. We work together with our key partners and stakeholders to unlock the long-term value that those resources represent for our shareholders and for the communities and countries in which we operate – creating sustainable value and making a real difference.

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2017-12-14T16:17:05+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Front page, News|

Silixa to present on non-intrusive process metering at the Mines and Technology Show in London on 29 November 2017

What if you could meter every flow in your mine or plant? Silixa’s non-intrusive process metering product makes it possible to meter many process flows continuously using only a single, extended length of optical sensing fibre. Recent case studies demonstrate how this technology can be installed throughout a plant, without any disruption to ongoing operations, on slurry, water and gas process pipes.

Daniel Finfer’s presentation (BDM – Process Metering) at the Mines and Technology Show will focus on the sensing method as well as its application for multizone process flow metering. Revealing the details of a successful process flow metering job at an operating minewater treatment plant, he will demonstrate how this technology can be used to enable process control optimisation.

The Mines and Technology Show provides a forum for senior decision makers from mining companies and technology providers to lean about the latest technologies and exchange ideas on how their implementation can enhance productivity and improve cost management.

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2017-11-22T09:54:24+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Events, Front page, News|

Silixa is raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

The Silixa team are raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, a charity which ensures that nurses, doctors and research teams can provide the very best care to patients and develop life-saving treatments to be used around the world.

We lost our Commercial Director, Mick Longton, to cancer in October 2017. We would like to celebrate his life, pay tribute to his accomplishments and keep his memory alive by supporting this charity that funds state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

To help us make a difference please donate HERE.

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2017-11-22T11:07:10+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Front page, News|


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the untimely passing of Mick Longton, Silixa’s Commercial Director, who passed away on 22 October 2017.

Mick was a valued member of our team since 1st November 2013 and he will be greatly missed.

Staff at Silixa would like to express their gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences please email


2017-10-27T07:58:59+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Front page, News|

Silixa appoints Glynn Williams as CEO

Silixa Ltd announces the appointment of Glynn Williams as CEO with effect from 16 October 2017.

Glynn brings over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry having held various senior level positions around the globe. His expertise extends to drilling, completions, well testing, cased hole logging and emerging disruptive technologies.

Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, who successfully built Silixa from inception into the leading distributed fibre optic sensing company, will remain Executive Director, responsible for the long-term strategic planning and product innovation, as well as key customer and supplier relationship management. Commenting on Glynn’s appointment, he said: “We are delighted to welcome Glynn to our leadership team. His expertise is invaluable to us as we look to make a step change in what we can achieve commercially across multiple sectors.”

“I am impressed with the tremendous progress Silixa has made in advancing distributed sensing technology and its applications by developing the market leading ULTIMA™ DTS, XT-DTS and iDAS™ systems. Now with the addition of the Carina® Sensing System, we are not only redefining the limits of what is possible, but also extending the repertoire of new commercial and operational benefits it can offer to our customers,” said Glynn.

Alison Goligher, Silixa’s Executive Chair, added: “Glynn has the experience, leadership credentials and deep sector knowledge to expand our commercial and operational capabilities. I am confident we can make considerable progress in transforming how distributed sensing is used in the industry.”

Glynn began his career with major service companies. In 1995 he co-founded Sensa, a pioneering fibre optic sensing solutions provider. After the company’s sale to Schlumberger in 2001, Glynn acted as an independent director on three private equity backed businesses and became full-time Chief Executive of SPS International.

He holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Wales. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.


2017-10-18T13:11:38+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Front page, News|

Silixa’s DTS to help figure nature’s response to spiralling CO2 levels

Silixa is collaborating with the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research to fill the gaps in knowledge about climate change related to higher CO2 levels.

An outdoor laboratory has been created in a Staffordshire forest where scientists are artificially injecting CO2 into the air to study the effects of a CO2-enriched environment on trees and the ecosystem as a whole.

CO2 is the source of the carbon that plants turn into organic compounds and researchers assume that heightened levels of carbon emission may have a fertilizing effect on plants boosting growth increasing their ability to buffer climate change.

However, plants’ growth is the result of a complex interplay of multiple factors, amongst which water availability is particularly critical. Faster growing plants may draw more water than the soil can currently absorb, leading to increased soil dryness.

Silixa is helping scientists to determine the amount of water available in the soil using active distributed temperature sensing techniques (Active-DTS).

Active-DTS combines distributed temperature measurements with a heat pulse sent along the optical cable. Soil water content profiles at sub-metre scale can be extracted by analysing the heating and/or cooling phases of a several kilometre long optical cable buried in the soil.

The information provided is invaluable to researchers in finding answers to how the ecosystem will respond to increased CO2 levels and what the consequences will be.

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2017-05-08T14:57:46+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Front page, News|

Silixa joins forces with research institutes across Europe to increase field experience relevant to CO2 storage

A new project named ENOS (ENabling ONshore CO2 storage in Europe), uniting 29 organisations across 17 countries, was launched in September 2016 with the objective to increase field experience relevant to geological storage of CO2.

CO2 capture and storage (CCS) is a key climate-change mitigation technology and it offers a solution to bridge the gap to a low carbon future until the use of fossil fuels is discontinued. To date, some 50 Mt of CO2 has been safely stored underground. However, this represents only a small step (0.06%) towards international 2050 targets.

The project, coordinated by BRGM (France), strives to enhance the development of onshore CO2 storage as well as to improve techniques and tools that are used for site monitoring. Several field pilots in various geological settings will be studied in detail and best practices will be developed that stakeholders can rely on. In this way, ENOS will demonstrate that CO2 storage is safe and environmentally sound and increase the confidence of stakeholders and the public in CCS as a viable mitigation option.

Silixa’s fibre optic DTS and DAS monitoring systems will be installed in several field pilots. Utilising iDAS and a permanently installed fibre optic cable in a CO2 disposal or observation well, it is possible to acquire on-demand, time-lapse borehole seismic data which can describe the growth of the CO2 plume within the reservoir. Concerns over the integrity of the cap rock or the wellbore can be addressed by passively monitoring for potential micro-seismic events. A permanent DTS system can continuously monitor the injection of CO2 in real-time, detecting leaks and facilitating gas migration.

ENOS will run until August 2020.

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2017-05-02T10:25:58+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Front page, News|

Distributed acoustic sensors gaining momentum in downhole multiphase flow measurement

Distributed acoustic sensing makes it possible to monitor the acoustic field along the entire length of a standard fiber optic cable, hence becoming a recognized solution for high accuracy in-well flow surveillance, including downhole multiphase flow measurements.

Garth Naldrett, Silixa’s Chief Product Officer, presented on Silixa’s latest developments in multiphase flow metering at the Multiphase Metering and Fibre Optics Monitoring – Recent Developments and Challenges SPE Workshop in Dubai, UAE on 22-23 March 2017.

His presentation, titled From Distributed Measurement to Multiphase Flow, discussed how distributed fibre optic measurements allow the physics to be constrained in space and time and how interpretation errors can be reduced by deriving additional information from DTS and DAS.

Examples of measurements that can be derived from DAS include the speed of sound, the use of Doppler Shift and the direct measurement of flow eddies, which allow better determination of flow rates and density.  Garth’s presentation also discussed the application of these derivatives, described the methods employed and provided case studies of downhole multiphase flow measurement.

Garth also presented on Industry Solutions for Distributed Sensing Big Data Management, providing an overview of the data types generated by a typical fibre optic monitoring system and offered  insight into the range of data rates and data volumes generated.

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2017-04-10T11:00:19+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Events, Front page, News|

Silixa Ltd. appoints Alison Goligher as Executive Chair

Silixa Ltd announces the appointment of Alison Goligher OBE as Executive Chair with effect from 1 August 2016.

Alison currently serves as a non-executive director of Meggitt PLC and United Utilities Group PLC. 
From 2006 to 2015 she held various roles at Royal Dutch Shell, the multinational oil and gas company, and prior to that spent 17 years at Schlumberger, a supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to oil and gas customers worldwide.

Mahmoud Farhadiroushan (CEO) said:  “We are delighted to announce Alison’s appointment as Executive Chair. Her management expertise and experience in commercialising technology will be a great asset to the Board and to the management team.”


2017-01-27T09:52:28+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Front page, News|

Increased use of distributed fibre optic technology linked to spending cutbacks

Silixa achieved a number of milestones in proving distributed acoustic and temperature monitoring systems during 2016.

The use of Silixa’s iDAS™ technology in upstream oil and gas applications has increased for borehole seismic applications. Several surveys were conducted where fibre optic enabled wirelines were conveyed into deep wells, both offshore and on land, allowing seismic data to be gathered from along the entire cable length. This has demonstrated significant benefits over geophone acquisition enabling a much wider aperture sensor array as well as accessing wells where geophone deployment has proven difficult or no possible.

2016 also saw the first full scale repeat seismic (4D) offshore survey with high resolution iDAS data. This was used to compliment ocean bottom node data from the same survey period.

The iDAS and ULTIMA™ DTS gained more traction in the US Shale market despite the unfavourable economic conditions; most notably Silixa has demonstrated that when optical fibres are installed in the well this technology opens up access to various types of data at all stages of the well, such as VSP, cement evaluation, frac monitoring, microseismic detection, flow back and production profiling.

Silixa has also closely assisted an operator to implement distributed acoustic sensing for the detection of sand entry in producing wells as part of a wider sand management effort. This project complements data acquisition with software and hardware development to create a truly integrated and scalable system.

Production monitoring remains one of Silixa’s key application goals with the iDAS and ULTIMA DTS technologies. To this end Silixa has participated in a multi-well offshore trial focussing on successful installation of fibre optic cables in mono-bore completions and subsequently acquiring high quality acoustic and temperature data for use in the interpretation of production conditions.

The use of Silixa’s technologies in environmental applications has also increased. In 2016 several active distributed temperature sensing (Active-DTS) surveys were conducted in the United Kingdom. Active-DTS is a technique that combines distributed temperature measurements with a heat pulse sent along an optical cable containing copper wire. Soil water content profiles can be extracted from temperatures trends during heating and/or cooling phases. Measurements utilised the ULTIMA DTS  and XT-DTS™ and the data proved to be invaluable.

Fibre optic based distributed sensing technologies have also gained a firmer ground in geothermal applications. A 9 km surface array and 400 m downhole cable were installed at an operational geothermal field and power plant in the United States to record a continuous seismic and temperature dataset for 15 days. The aim was to use poroelastic tomography to characterize the geothermal reservoir response due to changes in pumping and injection. The collected seismic data will be used to create a 4D model of the reservoir during the monitoring period. Information gained about the reservoir can be used to guide the geothermal plant future operations.

As part of the EU FPA ZONESEC project, Silixa has started working with its partners on an Integrated Project that aims to integrate affordable ground and airborne sensor technologies for the surveillance of large spatial areas of high economic values in Europe.

Having contributed to the overall system architecture, Silixa began the integration of its intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor (iDAS) to the ZONESEC platform. An on-site integration pilot has already been successfully completed at ACCIONA’s premises in Spain. A second on-site integration pilot will take place in December, 2016 in Athens.

Using ULTIMA DTS and utilising existing single mode fibre optic cables, Silixa has also deployed a permanent distributed temperature monitoring system in the Middle East, to continuously monitor seabed temperature along the first 30 km from an offshore platform. The system records and transfers distributed temperature data in real-time to the onshore control room.  Additional platforms are expected to be instrumented with Silixa’s monitoring system in 2017

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2017-01-26T13:30:50+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Front page, News|