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OptaSense expands global hydraulic fracturing offering

17 December 2012

QinetiQ subsidiary, OptaSense has opened a network of Real Time Operations Centres (RTOC) to deliver advanced fracking monitoring services. The new centres - based in Houston, US, Calgary, CA, and Winfrith, UK - will provide second by second information to assist oil and gas companies in optimising their fracking operations.

The service comprises the world’s first bespoke Fibre Optic Data Acquisition Units capable of monitoring multiple wells simultaneously. The service combines Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) and Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) and pump data to provide a holistic image of performance throughout the fracking process, giving operators a unique view into the fracking processes happening deep underground.

Information is also fed live into customer’ operation centres, with OptaSense experts advising on data analysis and interpretation, providing stage by stage reports on fluid placement volumes throughout the well completion process. The data is also used to help design the fracking process for future well completions.

The Calgary facility, opened by Leo Quinn QinetiQ CEO, will be the global centre of excellence for OptaSense’s fracking monitoring services and will incorporate a dedicated downhole fibre training facility as well as being the engineering control centre for operations throughout North America.

The OptaSense DAS system is providing a new window on in-well treatments. The hydraulic fracture monitoring service provides real-time monitoring of fracture fluid injection locations and provides an estimate of the volume of water and propellant uptake at these locations. With real-time monitoring of the operation at the treatment zone, operators are able to improve and streamline the hydraulic fracturing process in a safe and reliable way.

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