Carina Subsea 4D

Silixa announces the launch of Carina® Subsea 4D, the world’s first permanent ultra HD in-well seismic data acquisition system for subsea wells

Press Release

London, UK – June 4, 2019

Silixa announces the launch of Carina® Subsea 4D, the permanent ultra HD in-well seismic data acquisition system for subsea wells. Installed as part of the well completion, the new engineered fibre optic system enables ultra-high definition 4D seismic data acquisition on demand along the entire subsea wellbore without the introduction of additional operational costs and risks. This allows operators to perform more frequent seismic acquisitions at a much lower cost, enabling them to accelerate production and increase ultimate recovery.

Carina® Subsea 4D offers a breakthrough performance by utilizing the Carina® Sensing System, enabled by the precision engineered ConstellationTM fibre, to achieve 100x improvement in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) compared to DAS systems utilising standard fibres. Constellation fibre is engineered with brighter backscatter centres along its length to capture and reflect 100x more light back to the interrogator without introducing significant loss to the forward propagating laser pulses. The Carina® Sensing System, together with the Constellation sensing fibre, can offer a practical solution to compensate for the long tie-back fibre attenuation and connector losses in subsea installations.

Carina® Subsea 4D can operate independently or provide complementary data to existing ocean bottom cable or ocean bottom node systems. The same seismic shots are captured by both the ocean bottom and Carina® Subsea 4D, but the higher density and the wide aperture of the Constellation sensing fibre, and proximity to the reservoir, allows for higher resolution in the resulting seismic images around the borehole than those obtained from the ocean bottom receivers. This is especially true for reservoirs that are difficult to image using ocean bottom receivers, such as pre-salt reservoirs or those below gas clouds.

Carina® Subsea 4D is unique in that it does not require any complex electronics to be placed on the seafloor. Acquisitions are performed from the topside facility through existing fibres in the subsea umbilicals. Integration complexity and costs are therefore substantially reduced, and data management simplified. Interrogators can easily be maintained and upgraded. The long offset distance between the surface interrogator and subsea well does not compromise data quality; the Constellation fibre optic cable and novel optical architectures allow the same high-quality data to be achieved as on existing land and platform systems.

Garth Naldrett, Silixa’s Chief Product Officer, said: “We are delighted to launch Carina® Subsea 4D a revolution in subsea data acquisition. Until now, subsea fields had to rely on sparse data acquisition due to the risk and cost of acquisition. We are aware of the impact this has had on recovery factors. Following a three-year development effort, we are pleased to bring distributed fibre optic sensing technology to subsea wells, to allow the same data acquisition we have already enabled on land and platform wells. We believe the resulting optimization will provide an immediate step change in field recovery factors.“