OUR TECHNOLOGY

Overarching Philosophy

Energy is a crucially important factor in nature. All successful creatures in nature harvest energy with efficiency and uses it with care. There are no waste products in nature. We need to learn from nature!

Our aim is to create game changing technologies that will alter the way things are done. In order to create efficient and effective changes we need to learn from nature, but we also need to have the right people – people that enjoy innovating and are thorough in their work. We look for the revolutionary before the incremental.

A new method

With Hydrophilic technology, you’ll be able to find the oil/water contact without having to drill additional wells. By measuring water and oil pressure inside the reservoir rock — a method never available before — we remove the need for a second appraisal well.

This will significantly shorten the appraisal phase and limit the environmental impact.
With one measurement, you’ll know whether the reservoir is worth developing.

In addition, our in-development technology for continuous reservoir monitoring will enable us to observe existing reservoirs and measure the depth of the free water level. When, during the lifetime of a hydrocarbon well, the free water level sinks or rises, Hydrophilic will let you know. You will be well informed to make crucial decisions based on the remaining volume of the reservoir.

With strong partners such as Aarbakke Innovation, Norce, AkerBP, ConocoPhillips, DNO, Equinor, OMV, Wintershall/DEA and Vår Energi we will continue to develop technologies for the future.

The Hydrophilic Probe Technology

The Hydrophilic Probe can measure the pressure in the thin water film that exist on the surface of the grains inside most reservoirs. The water film has low mobility and the volume exchange between the probe and the formation must be reduced to a minimum in order to have a time efficient measurement. The Hydrophilic Probe is designed for use in open hole discovery wells. It will determine the depth of the Free-Water-Level (FWL).

Because of a lack of information from the discovery well, common practice is to drill as many appraisal wells as needed to find the oil/water contact.

With Hydrophilic technology, the actual oil/water contact can be ascertained from the first well.

The patented Hydrophilic probe measures the water pressure of the thin water film present in reservoir rock, using it to calculate the depth of the oil/water contact.

Drill-bit

In order to have a representative measurement in a discovery well a small hole has to be drilled through the wall of the well, through the polluted or disturbed zone, into the virgin part of the formation. A tailor-made drill bit will be manufactured based on testing of a wide selection of existing bits. The bit will drill a small diameter (~12 mm) hole through the wall of the discovery well and a short distance (~50 cm) into the formation to make a passage for The Hydrophilic Probe.

Environmental Effects

Being able to determine the oil/water-contact from the discovery well even when the contact is not drilled through will reduce the need for appraisal drilling. The reduced need for drilling wells will reduce the impact on the environment. For each appraisal well that is avoided on the Norwegian Continental Shelf emissions to air is reduced with an estimated 3329 tons CO2 and 42 tons NOX.

The Hydrophilic Gauge Technology

The Hydrophilic Gauge connects to the water phase in a hydrocarbon reservoir that are producing. By measuring the pressure difference between the hydrocarbon and water an estimate of water movements in the reservoir can be done – long before water is produced. The Hydrophilic Gauges could be installed in parts of the wells that have low productivity. The Hydrophilic Gauge could be a permanent part of a development well and provide continuous information about remaining production potential. For wells that are shut-in the pressure difference between hydrocarbon and water will tell how much hydrocarbon column has accumulated in the reservoir around the well.