XACT Downhole Telemetry, in conjunction with BP, recently completed the first operational field trial of the SandSentry Acoustic Telemetry Network in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
The SandSentry measurement and telemetry tools provide downhole measurements of weight, torque, bending, pressure and temperature, and wirelessly transmit this information to surface regardless of flow, depth or formation type. The system provides real-time downhole measurements in challenging environments where data is currently not available, while offering simple integration opportunities into existing rig operations.
In late October, two collar-based, full through-bore SandSentry tools were deployed during a deepwater Gulf of Mexico completion operation. These tools were designed to meet the harsh conditions and challenging loads seen in today’s deepwater well construction environments. They demonstrated their ability to transmit and receive downhole data during flow and no-flow operations and exceeded acoustic-performance expectations, including demonstrating transmission ranges of greater than 5,000 ft between measurement nodes while operating at reduced transmission power settings.
“We are thrilled with the success of our first deepwater deployment of the SandSentry Acoustic Telemetry Network,” Jason Roe, President and CEO of XACT, said. “We are very thankful to BP Ventures and BP Upstream Technology for their commitment to XACT and to BP’s Gulf of Mexico Region for the opportunity to demonstrate our system’s capability. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship and to further demonstrate how our Network can reduce risk and improve efficiency in operators’ well construction processes.”
Mark Barrilleaux, Completions Advisor for BP, added, “BP has been at the forefront of real-time well monitoring technology, and we are excited to be a part of yet another innovative project in this area. This successful field trial demonstrates the clear potential of XACT’s acoustic telemetry system, and we look forward to commercial application of this technology.”
XACT is in the process of expanding its fleet and plans to start serving the Gulf of Mexico market sometime this year.