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FIBER OPTICS: Downhole Fiber-Optic Monitoring: An Evolving Technology

It has been an impressive comeback for a technology that once stood on the brink of failure. The upstream oil and gas industry has largely resolved crippling technical challenges that shortened the life of fiber-optic cables in downhole applications and is now working on a big encore. The developers of the technology have been successful in showing operators what can be gained by using permanent fiber-optic monitoring in a small number of wells. The next step is to broaden the market by expanding what the technology can do.

A number of research and development projects aimed at maturing new applications for fiber-optic systems are in progress. Taken together, they stand to improve the return on investment for operators as the technology slowly takes the shape of a central nervous system for oil and gas wells. Put simply, those working in the fiber-optic sector want to provide engineers with real numbers to enable managed production strategies that will increase overall production.

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FIBER OPTICS: Downhole Fiber-Optic Monitoring: An Evolving Technology

Trent Jacobs, JPT Senior Technology Writer

01 August 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 8

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