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Next-gen microchip plots cracks, pores through frac fluids

The size of this newly developed microchip, including the on-chip camera and the pads, is only 0.55 mm by 0.85 mm.

Rice University’s Integrated Systems and Circuits (RISC) laboratory has developed a new generation of microchips, approximately the size of a grain of sand, that travels downhole through fracturing fluids to plot the cracks and pores through which oil and gas move to the surface. Activated by electromagnetic signals sent from an aboveground transceiver, the microchips return real-time data to create high-resolution maps of reservoirs and formations formed by hydraulic fracturing.

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Saudi Aramco, partners to develop maritime complex in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Aramco and the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) have amended the expired memorandum of understanding (MOU) on developing a maritime complex that would provide engineering, manufacturing and repair services for offshore rigs, commercial vessels and offshore service vessels in Saudi Arabia. The proposal is a major step in the development of Saudi Arabia’s maritime sector and part of a wider undertaking aimed at developing an energy goods and services sector, while contributing to the kingdom’s economic growth and job creation.

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