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Schlumberger, Sintela Plan To Spread Fiber-Optic Technology

An agreement between the companies will allow them to combine efforts to develop edge-enabled fiber-optic technology.

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“Working together with Sintela, we will deliver a range of fiber-optic solutions that enhance measurement data handling capability at the edge,” said Aparna Raman, president of reservoir performance at Schlumberger, adding that the combined technology will take advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Schlumberger and sensor company Sintela have agreed to codevelop new fiber-optic technology for multiple industrial markets. Schlumberger will market and deliver the technology in the energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and geothermal industries, and Sintela will deliver it to other industrial markets. The technology will borrow from Sintela’s distributed fiber-optic sensing portfolio and Optiq, Schlumberger’s fiber-optics efforts.

“Our technology, combined with Schlumberger’s technology, footprint, and domain expertise, will help customers in the energy, CCS, geothermal, and other industries rapidly receive improved insights from edge processing of large data volumes acquired on fiber-optic sensors,” said Magnus McEwen-King, Sintela’s CEO.

The first codeveloped fiber-optic solutions for midstream are already available to detect leaks and third-party intrusion and to track pigs and ground movement. Other offerings, including edge-processing for injection monitoring, well intervention, and stimulation, are expected to follow later in 2022.