Oil and gas firm buys automated petrography system
Qemscan automated petrography technology
Whiting Oil and Gas has purchased the Qemscan automated petrography and Helios Nanolab Dualbeam technology from FEI for its new rock lab in its Denver, Colorado, headquarters.
Qemscan provides data for reservoir characterisation, including the quantitative compositional and elastic properties critical for designing a successful hydraulic fracturing program.
Given the intensive multi-rig drilling programs at Whiting, securing Qemscan technology in-house provides real-time solutions that can be applied prior to well completions.
The Qemscan data is now being routinely used to calibrate older wireline logs, which were originally designed for conventional reservoirs but are, by themselves, inadequate in the characterisation of the newer, unconventional reservoirs that Whiting is now targeting.
Much of the oil and gas in organic shales is contained in nanometre-scale pores.
The Helios Nanolab Dualbeam images porosity networks in three dimensions with nanometre-scale resolution.
SEM allows measurement of sensitive materials in semiconductor and materials applications.
The Qemscan Wellsite analysis system from FEI is suitable for mudlogging services for the oils and gas industry.
FEI has released the Titan G2 80-200 with Chemistem technology, the latest addition to the Titan G2 series of scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and transmission electron microscopes (TEMs).
FEI has released the Versa 3D Dualbeam system, which enables high-resolution 3D imaging and analysis on a range of sample types.
FEI has released the Vion plasma focused ion-beam (PFIB) system that is said to remove material more than 20 times faster than existing FIB technologies.