US Seismic Systems, Inc., an Acorn Energy, Inc. company, today announced it has secured another order for their Ultra-High Sensitivity (UHS) fiber-optic sensing system. Terms of the agreement are confidential including the identity of the purchaser, although the report says the system is designed for use by one of the world's largest integrated oil companies.
"New production techniques are being used to unlock our vast domestic supplies of unconventional oil and gas making it possible for the US to become energy independent before the end of the decade," stated Jim Andersen, USSI's CEO. "These new production techniques require higher performance sensing systems for safe and efficient extraction of the oil and gas in a variety of harsh environments including high temperature. USSI's fiber optic sensor arrays have proven to be the only systems capable of meeting all of these demanding performance requirements."
The permanent down-hole monitoring system enables ongoing high-resolution subsurface imaging of oil and gas reservoirs and Acorn Energy has high hopes that the technology will soon be the industry subsurface monitoring standard.
"We expect that one day every oil and gas field will be monitored by permanently embedded down-hole fiber optic seismic sensors," stated John Moore, CEO of Acorn Energy. "This marks a pivotal moment in the oil patch where seismic technology is transitioning from its traditional role of supporting exploration to becoming a real-time production tool."
Along with the imaging capabilities, the technology may also help silence opponents of fracking who fear the practice may increase seismic activity. The monitoring system will hold the industry to account and report accurately what goes on in the subsurface shale during extraction.