UK-based geophysical company tests advanced CO2 monitoring tech in Alberta

Dec 20 2021

Carbon Management Canada is working with TenzorGEO Ltd in finding innovative solutions using passive seismic data to monitor CO2 storage.

The UK-based company is testing their technology at Carbon Management Canada's Field Research Station (FRS) in Alberta.

“We offer two underlying technologies: Full Wave Location Technology which is used in the mapping of fractures, fracture propagation during hydrofracking and monitoring of microseismic activities and Low-Frequency Seismic Sounding Technology which is used to reduce exploration and appraisal risks in drilling dry holes, to delineate hydrocarbons in reservoirs with complex geology and non-structural traps,” said Roy Bitrus, Director of Sales at TenzorGEO Ltd.

“Our underlying microseismic technologies have great potentials to add value to the carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry as an MMV tool to ensure safety and security of sequestered CO2 into the subsurface,” said Bitrus. “With this in mind, we made a business decision to advance and integrate both our underlying technologies into one technology which we call – Cuttlefish Carbon Guard.”

It is a low-cost, high-quality technology that satisfies the MMV industry’s need for continuous monitoring of reservoir integrity while tracking fluid velocity-related changes when it comes to CCS.

“It gives us the opportunity to have access to the latest techniques concerning continuous seismic data processing,” said Marie Macquet, Subsurface Research and Project Delivery Manager at Carbon Management Canada. “The use of continuous seismic data is widely explored now to monitor CCS, as we are going toward hub and very-large projects which might be difficult to image using conventional active seismic surveys due to the plume size.”

TenzorGEO Ltd. aims to eventually scale to market and provide continuous monitoring for CO2 injection projects. Their partnership with Carbon Management Canada allows them to test the capability of their technology by utilizing already acquired passive seismic data from the FRS and deploying their technology at the FRS to further validate its capability.

“This collaboration is important to us as an organization because not only does it help us develop and validate our technology, but it also provides an avenue for us as a team to work with an experienced and practical scientific team available in Carbon Management Canada who will help ensure we are developing a fit-for-purpose technology for the CCS industry,” adds Bitrus.

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