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Baker Hughes introduces new cement evaluation technology

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Oilfield Technology,

Baker Hughes has recently released its new Integrity eXplorer cement evaluation service – the first of its kind to apply electromagnetic-acoustic sensors for the evaluation of the cement integrity of oil and gas wells.

Operators in the upstream sector rely on the accuracy of cement-bond logs to make critical decisions that can affect long-term well integrity and the environment. Whilst cement compressive strength has typically been used as a key indicator of cement quality, today’s challenging environments require a more detailed assessment.

New ability to directly assess the integrity of cement bonds

Unlike existing acoustic-based evaluation techniques that may not provide the required accuracy when faced with some of today’s challenge, Baker Hughes’ electromagnetic-acoustic technology allows operators to directly assess the integrity of cement bonds in any current wellbore environment or cement mixture.

Integrity eXplorer service provides operators with accurate and comprehensive data about the properties of the respective cement, thereby enabling them to make critical decisions to protect their assets, reduce non-productive time, and minimise unnecessary remediation.

Applying yesterday’s technology to today’s challenges may not meet customers’ needs

“In our role as innovation leaders, we realise that applying yesterday’s technology to today’s challenges may not meet our customer’s emerging needs” said Mariano Gargiulo, Vice President of Baker Hughes’ Wireline Services. “This is especially true in today’s demanding environments that can test the accuracies of traditional evaluation methods. The Integrity eXplorer service provides answers that were previously unattainable.”

Adapted from press release by David Bizley

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