Bergen Technology Center AS (BTC) is developing state of the art technology for Archer Wireline and has more than 15 years of experience in developing, manufacturing and supporting ultrasonic logging tools for integrity diagnostics. Following the reorganization into a technology center in 2012, the expanded R&D team is now able to do a significant part of the development inhouse.
BTC's Facilities at Nesttun are custom built, finished in 2015, and is divided into a workshop and office building. In addition to offices, the new facilities include a production line, several special laboratories, a large workshop and a small test well.
The workshop is equipped to make parts for customized test setups as well as modify and repair prototypes. In addition there is a small test well for experimentation and testing of the ultrasonic imaging tool. For environmental testing there are several ovens and a small pressure test setup for verification and testing in pressurized gas or liquids.
In conjunction with the offices there is a fully equipped electronics lab as well as a robot controlled water tank setup for verification of acoustic performance of active ultrasonic tools.
SPACE is a collection of downhole ultrasound scanners providing high-resolution measurements and 3D images real time. SPACE is partly based on technology from medical ultrasound imaging. For more information, see http://archerwell.com/product-service/wireline/space/
The new generation SPACE tools have an improved operational envelope, higher data acquisition rate and a robust proprietary high speed telemetry system. SPACE Azimuthal Viewer (SPACE AV) is scanning the internal surfaces of the well, creating 2D and 3D images of the well interior with the option of measuring the internal profiles and dimensions.
Bergen Technology Center is one of the partners in the Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS) project at NTNU. https://www.ntnu.edu/web/cius-sfi-/cius
Bergen Technology Center in collaboration with CMR was granted PETROMAKS2 funding for a project named “Ultrasonic spatial imaging and flow measurement through casing for assessment of cement condition and well integrity” https://www.forskningsradet.no/prosjektbanken/#!/project/225965/no
Bergen Technology Center was one of the partners in the Michelsen Centre for Industrial Measurement Science and Technology. https://www.forskningsradet.no/prosjektbanken/#!/project/174846/en
BTC in the news
January 17th 2017, SYSLA made an article about the technology developed by BTC. The article is in Norwegian. http://sysla.no/2017/01/17/oljeenergi/bruker-ultralyd-for-a-finne-feil-i-bronner_186309
November 4th 2016, Teknisk Ukeblad published an article about BTC’s technology. The article is in Norwegian. https://www.tu.no/artikler/slik-har-selskapet-klart-a-sende-medisinsk-utstyr-flere-tusen-meter-ned-i-oljebronner/363846/
A large number of oil and gas assets are coming to the end of their designed life expectancy and need to be decommissioned safely, securely and cost effectively.
Well integrity is concerned with the safe and reliable containment of all well fluids throughout the life of a well, including after decommissioning.