Category: News

21 Mar 2013

OptaSense signs follow-on contracts with Shell to extend footprint in downhole oil and gas market

March 21st, 2013

QinetiQ Group plc today announced that its OptaSense® distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) business has signed follow-on contracts with Shell which set a clear roadmap for the provision of services over the next three years.

The new contracts include:

  • Customer-funded product development, worth £10m, which will focus on new tools for flow monitoring, as well as enhancements to proven tools for hydraulic fracture monitoring and vertical seismic profiling (VSP);
  • The addition of VSP to the global commercial framework agreement, which gives any Shell business worldwide access to OptaSense services under a standard set of terms and conditions;
  • Access for other companies across the oil and gas industry to OptaSense services that were previously exclusive to Shell.

Leo Quinn, QinetiQ CEO said: “We are delighted that our relationship with Shell is continuing with the further development of OptaSense applications for the downhole oil and gas market. This is a key step in realising the potential of OptaSense, by deploying its technology within a services model throughout Shell, as well as to other oil and gas companies.”

For further information please contact:

  • QinetiQ Press Office – pressoffice@qinetiq.com / +44 (0) 1252 39 3500
  • Rebecca Mitchell, Maitland – rmitchell@maitland.co.uk/ +44 (0)207 379 5151

Notes for Editors

OptaSense is the world leader in distributed fibre sensing and operates in 40 countries globally. It is managed as an autonomous subsidiary of the QinetiQ Group.

OptaSense is a platform technology which has applications in a number of markets, including infrastructure security where the technology is already in use to monitor 10,000kms of assets, principally providing leak detection and third party intrusion detection for oil and gas pipelines.

A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical support and know-how to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ’s unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.

14 Dec 2012

Optasense inaugurates global Frac Monitoring Operation Centres

December 14th, 2012

OptaSense Expands Global Hydraulic Fracturing Offering

OptaSense, a QinetiQ company, has opened a network of Real Time Operations Centres (RTOC) to deliver advanced frac monitoring services. The new centres are based in Houston, US; Calgary, CA; and Winfrith, UK; will provide second by second information to assist oil and gas companies in optimising their fracing 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 fracing process, giving operators a unique view into the frac 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 frac process for future well completions.

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

Magnus McEwen-King, Managing Director of OptaSense commented that: “The investment builds on our global services framework agreement with Shell announced earlier in the year and is testimony to our confidence in providing services to the global shale market, where monitoring operations is so important to operators.

“These new operational facilities enable us to put a wide range of data into our customers’ hands immediately. Our fleet of state-of-the-art fibre optic data acquisition units enable us to provide our customers with a full service with respect to all fibre sensing requirements. We are committed to putting data in our customer’s hands to enable them to increase yields, improve safety and reduce operational costs.”

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.

For further information please contact:

  • QinetiQ Press Office – pressoffice@qinetiq.com / +44 (0) 1252 39 3500
  • Rebecca Mitchell, Maitland – rmitchell@maitland.co.uk/ +44 (0)207 379 5151

Notes for Editors

  • Conventional monitoring technologies are unable to survive the fracturing process whereas OptaSense is a breakthrough technology that has been developed in collaboration with Shell and can monitor the fracturing process by listening to a fibre optic cable attached to the well itself.
  • OptaSense provides wells with their own nervous system enabling operators to react to events as and when they occur.
  • OptaSense can monitor that the propant fluid that is injected into the borehole gets to the right place, and if not, modify the process straight away.
09 Nov 2012

OptaSense commits to Middle East

November 9th, 2012

New office opens in Dubai

Exhibits at Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2012

The company that protects the world’s key infrastructures by turning fibre-optic cables into listening devices will be exhibiting at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2012 (ADIPEC).

It will be their first appearance at the Show since opening a new office in Dubai.

OptaSense is the world leader in acoustic fibre sensing providing services for upstream applications such as seismic and well monitoring and midstream applications such as pipeline security and condition monitoring.

OptaSense delivers vital operational and security data to help operate, protect and secure the critical assets and infrastructure of leading oil and gas companies worldwide. The company has been operating with customers in Oman, Qatar and Iraq for several years and has grown significantly, requiring a more permanent presence in the Middle East.

The new office in Dubai includes Business Development and Technical Support staff. Along with the new office, OptaSense has also invested in data recording units and vehicles based in Dubai to support its seismic and well monitoring services. This regional capability allows the company to be closer to its customers and be more flexible and responsive to their needs throughout the whole project lifetime. The OptaSense technology has been deployed successfully worldwide, and there are now operations in over 40 countries including in the Middle East.

The appearance at ADIPEC is part of the commitment OptaSense has to the region and reflects the growing realisation that prevention is vital for the future of the oil and gas industry. With oil theft and breaches of pipelines costing the industry billions of dollars in lost revenue every year, OptaSense will be explaining their vision for protecting pipelines.

Magnus McEwen-King, MD for OptaSense said:

“After successfully establishing ourselves in Europe and the Americas, expanding our services into the Middle East was the next logical step for OptaSense. Our regional headquarters in Dubai enables us to provide our customers with local support to assist in the design, commissioning, operation and support where and when needed.

“The region is an essential part of the global oil industry and is rapidly growing its pipeline infrastructure, many of which are crossing borders and servicing multiple clients. OptaSense ensures these pipelines are operated safely, securely and efficiently. Additionally, our investment in people, equipment and infrastructure within the region will enable us to provide seismic and well-monitoring services to a number of regional operators.”

For further information please contact:

  • QinetiQ Press Office – pressoffice@qinetiq.com / +44 (0) 1252 39 3500
  • Rebecca Mitchell, Maitland – rmitchell@maitland.co.uk/ +44 (0)207 379 5151

Notes for Editors

About OptaSense

  • OptaSense is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the QinetiQ Group
  • It is a platform technology which has applications in a number of markets, including infrastructure security where the technology is already in use to monitor 13,000kms of assets, principally providing leak detection and third party intrusion detection for oil and gas pipelines.
  • OptaSense is the world leader in Distributed Acoustic Sensing and operating in 40 countries globally with operations across multiple industries including Oil & Gas, Defence & Security, Transport and Utilities.
  • Website: www.optasense.com