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Ikon Science and Fugro announce partnership

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During well planning oil companies need advice from specialists for both shallow hazard assessment and deeper pore pressure prediction. Fugro and Ikon Science have joined forces to offer an integration of these two services. This is a partnership that will provide industry with efficiencies in time, cost and data consistency and significantly improved technical quality to reduce risk.

Wellsite geohazards are a problem in many basins around the world. These are often pressure-related phenomena, and are regularly observed along the entire length of a wellbore from immediately sub-sea to the prospect. In the shallow section, before the first pressure containment string is installed, they manifest as shallow gas or shallow water flows, in the deeper overburden, as drilling kicks and losses.

Aims of the initiative

As Steve O’Connor, Global Lead for GeoPressure at Ikon Science explained. “One of the key benefits resulting from this new integrated service is the ability to provide a continuous unbroken set of pressure profiles from sea bed to total depth”.

Richard Salisbury, Senior Consultant from Fugro GeoConsulting commented, “The integrated workflow brings together multiple aspects of sub-surface geoscience and provides a better assessment of shallow section geohazards, many of which are pressure related. This approach will be particularly useful for wells in shelf to deepwater where data is limited and drilling is expensive”.

Martyn Millwood Hargrave, Ikon Science CEO commented, “The overall aim of this initiative is to provide the operators of offshore wells with as much scientifically rigorous information as possible. We want to offer consistent findings that are easy to digest and apply to well planning - from exploration through production to abandonment activities”.

Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

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