In a depressed Oil and Gas market, expenditure on the most optimum downhole completion system, components and designs, including critical reservoir monitoring systems, is often sacrificed as budget constraints bite. As a result, Reservoir Engineers and Production Technologists are not able to fully monitor the reservoir and identify, diagnose and take appropriate remedial actions. As a result, operators are missing out on the opportunity to, for example, optimise production or injection profiles and isolate water producing zones based on multi-zone data acquisition and analysis. The end result is that well and reservoir management is often compromised over the life of the well, resulting in reduced hydrocarbon recovery.
Smart Fibres have developed a solution to this challenge with a cost effective Fibre Optic Distributed Pressure and Temperature Sensing System (DPTS). Using Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) technology, DPTS offers a considerable cost saving compared to traditional Quartz based monitoring systems, especially when multiple FBG gauges are deployed. As an example a typical 4 zone installation would be approximately 1/3 of the cost of a Quartz gauge equivalent.
In addition, the DPTS system offers the following major technical advantages:
Shell are already deploying DPTS technology via PDO Oman for fluid contact monitoring, with multiple installations planned from 2017.
In summary, Smart Fibres' DPTS technology offers a cost effective alternative to electrical sensing systems with improved reliability, flexibility and safety.See our Solution