Schlumberger and Sintela plan to advance fiber-optic solutions across multiple industries


Schlumberger and Sintela announced they have signed an agreement to co-develop new fiber-optic solutions for multiple industrial markets. Schlumberger will market and deliver the solutions in the energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and geothermal industries, with Sintela delivering the combined solutions to other industrial markets.

The solutions will integrate intellectual property (IP) from Sintela’s distributed fiber-optic sensing (DFOS) portfolio with IP from Optiq* Schlumberger fiber-optic solutions, enabling simpler, cost-efficient fiber-optic interrogator deployments and new digital workflow capabilities for improving the operational performance of Schlumberger’s customers.

“Working together with Sintela, we will deliver a range of fiber-optic solutions that enhance measurement data handling capability at the edge, rapidly delivering actionable insights to our upstream and midstream customers in domains such as geophysics, well integrity, production monitoring and pipeline monitoring,” said Aparna Raman, president, Reservoir Performance, Schlumberger. “Sintela brings years of cross-industry R&D knowledge and experience with DFOS technologies—including optical interrogators—that we will leverage with our combined IP and industry domain knowledge to accelerate the pace of innovation, deploy solutions at scale, and develop more integrated and open workflows with customers, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).”

“Schlumberger’s position as a leader in the energy industry, combined with their full suite of development technologies and digital workflows, made them the ideal alliance partner to co-develop these fiber-optic solutions,” said Magnus McEwen-King, CEO of Sintela. “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.”

The first co-developed fiber-optic solutions for midstream are already available for leak and third-party intrusion detection, pig tracking and ground movement. Other offerings, including edge-processing answer products for injection monitoring, well intervention and stimulation, will follow later in 2022.

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