Seismos Inc, provider of advanced acoustic sensing and non-invasive monitoring systems, has announced a partnership with Liberty Energy to expand the toolset for real-time quality control of stimulation performance. Liberty and Seismos will focus on maximising value to E&P operators by offering the Seismos-MWF™ (Measurements While Fracturing) QC and analytics system alongside Liberty’s completion services.
Through a simple surface connection, without a need for downhole equipment or offset well instrumentation, the Seismos-MWF™ system uses active controlled acoustics to directly probe the near-wellbore fracture network, providing a Near Field Connectivity Index (NFCI) for each stage. The connectivity between the fracture system and the wellbore can be an important contributor to productivity at both the well and stage level thus providing information on the quality of the fracture stimulation. The extended data collection of the Seismos-MWF™ system after each stage also allows for better fracture model calibration with pressure decline data.
This QC metric is used to benchmark in real-time every stimulated stage & well against the best producing wells of a similar geological and reservoir profile. The NFCI targets, “trained” by a database of 15,000+ stage measurements and production repository, are fine-tuned for the localised acreage and continuously re-calibrated as new production data becomes available, helping Liberty customers optimise fracture designs, make changes while completing the well and improve well performance.
“We are excited to offer the Seismos-MWF™ system, a completions quality control tool that complements our industry leading portfolio of fracture optimisation technologies,” says Dr Mike Mayerhofer, Director of Technology at Liberty. “The Seismos-MWF™ system can provide a cost-effective measurement of stimulation quality in each stage and well. If NFCI falls well below target while completing the well, design or perforation changes can be made to improve NFCI on the subsequent stages.”
Panos Adamopoulos, CEO of Seismos states, “Every stage counts. The biggest limitation to real-time fracture optimisation was the lack of practical, cost-effective technologies that can be applied in every well as mainstream practice. We are thrilled to partner with Liberty, a team of experts setting the standards for engineering and customer delivery in our industry.”