The important breakthrough in the last decenia in Exploration and Production has been in the seismic . Especially the introduction of the three dimensional seismic method in the mid seventies has inpacted the subsurface insight in E&Pdramaticly.
Inteligent/smart oil fields require an inteligent operator interface.A combination of a smart CAD model of the production facilities were condition of e.g. flow parameters are diplayed in real time takes operatorship to the next level.
The passive seismic technique will be tested the coming months in a Middle East country by an middle seized Norwegian operator.
The first objective is to establish whether their is indeed enough natural seismicity in the area to provide a structural velocity based model. The second objective is to try to localise the fractured basement compartments which are known to be productive but sofar not detectible by routine seismic.The earthquake activity proved to be too low and the project was aborted after the initial field trials
The data collection in INDIA have been completed succesfully and new structural maps were constructed and further exploration campaign is pursued.
Partly based on our Russian exposure we advised our clients since 2003 that the non-seismic method would be the next breakthrough .Especially Hydrocarbon detection method by an active marine EM source and sensors placed at the seabottom would become a standard prospect ranking tool.The end 2005 Norwegian license round included some EM work commitments!
It is rewarding to see that a major client of us is getting very aggressive on the subject.
See e.g. Geo ExPro januay 2006
We participated in the SEG, Houston and EAEG ,Paris, convention.The follow up resulted in concrete 3D passive seismic contracts.We plan to enhance our workcommitment during 2006.
The industry, and particularly our major client, has now succesfully embraced the active EM as a hydrocarbon tool to explore offshore acreage.It will not be long before an EM suvey routinely will be required to assist prospect ranking
The acoustic fingerprinting in oil field operations has been embraced by our major client.Further application to the downstream are pursued.
Expansion to non related oil industry are foreseen during 2006