26/10/2020 - DigitalAfter two years of co-development with OpenField Technology, a startup specializing in micro-sensors, Vallourec is launching its Intelligent Pipe technology, a highly performing solution for well monitoring. Simple and easy to use, it will become your eyes inside the well. Thanks to the data collected via this technology, intelligent pipes are contributing to protect our planet by preventing environmental issues.
Vallourec & OpenField Technology: an Open Innovation success storyIn 2017, Vallourec launched its first Open Innovation challenge. Dedicated to all things "smart tubes", this challenge saw more than 40 start-ups and companies from around the world submit ideas. Preselected among these companies, OpenField Technology was invited to pitch its proposal, “OpenField measurements in pipes“, in front of an international judging panel and was selected as the winner of the challenge.
Securing well integrity, optimizing production and monitoring potential impactThe intelligent pipe solution anticipates well integrity issues that customers can encounter during the life of their wells, from running to production and up to decommissioning. By providing in real time the pressure and temperature of all zones of a well, even of – so far – inaccessible areas, the solution helps operators to anticipate any abnormal situation presenting a risk for the integrity of the well, thus guaranteeing the safety of both the teams on-site and of the environment.
A technology that is not just for oil and gas wellsMany oil & gas customers have already shown great interest in this solution which has the potential to grow significantly. A first field trial is planned early 2021. However, Vallourec’s Intelligent Pipe solution is not only applicable to oil & gas industry. It can be used for monitoring of CO2 storage wells, where the integrity and absence of leaks for decades are of prime importance. It can also be applied to hydrogen wells to facilitate storage integrity monitoring.
Thanks to our partnership with OpenField Technology, initiated as part of our Open Innovation Challenge, Vallourec is able to offer to customers its Intelligent Pipe service including a visionary well monitoring, with sensors directly embedded in the pipes. The in-situ data, associated to the real tubular dataset will help reinforce and characterize wells’ integrity and performance, contributes to the protection of our environment.Didier Hornet Senior Vice President Development & Innovation at Vallourec
The collaboration with Vallourec is a perfect match. We design and build the unique technology enabling multi-annular monitoring while Vallourec brings in all its expertise on well architecture and tubular deployments. Meeting the challenges of tomorrow would not be possible on a global scale without such a partnership.Emmanuel Tavernier R&D Manager at OpenField Technology
About Openfield TechnologyOpenField Technology is a startup specializing in micro sensors for downhole applications in the Oil & Gas industry. The start-up offers micro instruments and expertise to provide data that can enable enhanced recovery capabilities and safer operations to well operators. OpenField Technology has become an innovative actor in the instrumentation of harsh environments through continued R&D. The goal of the company is to improve efficiency, reliability, ease of use, and the accessibility of sensing technologies for harsh conditions at the bottom of wells and in emerging energy markets. They are present in France, Asia & Middle-East and USA.