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Baker Hughes-CGG joint venture expands micro-seismic services and technology portfolio

21st May 2014

Baker Hughes has announced that its Magnitude joint venture with CGG has expanded its capabilities to provide dedicated resources and technologies for borehole, surface, and permanent micro-seismic monitoring

Baker Hughes-CGG joint venture expands micro-seismic services and technology portfolio
These services can reduce the risks and uncertainties related to fracture stimulation operations

With this expansion, Magnitude offers a full range of micro-seismic services―including acquisition, processing, and integrated interpretation―that can help operators improve well completion design and maximise recovery at a lower cost per barrel. Specifically, these services can reduce the risks and uncertainties related to fracture stimulation operations, providing operators with the information needed to optimise stimulation designs, avoid geo-hazards, and characterise treatment impact on the formation in real time.

“Magnitude now offers a step-change in the synergies between borehole and surface micro-seismic monitoring for optimising hydraulic fracturing,” said Fernando Lopez CEO and president of Magnitude. “With the combination of expertise from both Baker Hughes and CGG in seismic acquisition, reservoir characterisation, and pressure pumping technologies, Magnitude offers a complete micro-seismic solution for any situation.”

A key component of Magnitude’s new services is a team of seasoned experts whose disciplines range from engineering, geophysics and micro seismic, to wireline and rock mechanics. By offering all monitoring applications, Magnitude experts can recommend optimum acquisition designs for any well configuration, with no bias toward any specific approach. During the fracture stimulation, micro seismic data is acquired using one or more of the array configurations and processed in real time to provide almost instantaneous feedback of basic fracture network geometry, containment, event magnitudes, and other properties.

This real time feedback enables operators to adjust treatment designs on-the-fly, if desired, or to evaluate treatment effectiveness when coupled with fracture modelling. Post-processing analysis is then provided to optimize future well spacing, stage spacing, number of perforation clusters and general fracture modelling for future wells.

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