Unique technology enabling a new and innovative level of continuous reservoir monitoring.

Hydrotell gauges installed in wells will continuously measure the difference in pressure between the hydrocarbon phase and water. This information can be used to better plan in-fill drilling programs, and to make better decisions regarding the operations and future developments of wells.
Hydrotell gauges installed in wells will continuously measure the difference in pressure between the hydrocarbon phase and water. This information can be used to better plan in-fill drilling programs, and to make better decisions regarding the operations and future developments of wells.

Hydrotell was founded in 2020, and is a subsidiary of Hydrophilic AS.

The main focus of the company will be on the development of tools and services for hydrocarbon producing fields. The Hydrotell technology will enable a unique and new level of continuous reservoir monitoring.
Hydrotell gauges installed in wells will continuously measure the difference in pressure between the hydrocarbon phase and water, thus providing useful information on the distance to the FWL (free-water-level) as a function of time. This information can then be used to better plan in-fill drilling programs, or to determine if a section of a specific well should be choked back before water breaks through.

If a well is shut in, information from the gauges can be used to monitor how the oil column is building up.
The patented technology measures the water pressure of the microscopic water film present in reservoir rock, using it to estimate the distance down to the FWL.

Background

Our vision is to see reservoir engineers equipped with perfect information.
By reducing uncertainty, better decisions can be made faster, costs go down and the environment is spared.

In existing reservoirs, the level of the oil-water contact (OWC) is constantly changing as the field is developed and the location of the OWCs with time is unknown. If we know the pressure in both the water and the oil phase as a function of time, we can use this information to understand the distance to the OWC. Pressure measurements from production wells is reflecting the highest pressure, hence the pressure in the oil phase. The pressure in the water phase is unidentified.

The objective of this project is to develop a tool that can measure the pressure in the thin water film present in the oil phase and based on this information monitor the distance to the free water level.
In-Situ water pressure measurement device will be developed, and data analysis methodology, using other available well data combined with analytical solutions and numerical simulations, will be the focus of this ongoing project.

This entirely new method of measuring the water pressure and the understanding of its behavior, can be used to better plan in-fill drilling program, or to determine if a section of a specific well should be choked back before water breaks through.

The Hydrotell technology

Identify new infill drilling targets

Reduce production from
wells near the OWC

Optimize the oil production from a wellbore by actively controlling the production from different parts of the wellbore

Current status

We have proven the concept
of measuring the water pressure of the thin water film in pre- drained core samples (DEMO2000)

We now want to go one step further to develop a new measurement concept to continuously measure water pressure in producing wells to monitor the movement of the OWC levels. Pre-studies at Sele and Sola Beach in Stavanger confirms pressures readings in the water phase above sea level, tide waves are recognized and a distinct time delay between two sensors are observed. The beach studies will continue into Q2 of 2021.
The Hydrotell project have been granted “Kommersialiseringstilskudd fase 1» funding from Innovasjon Norge

Value estimates

We now want to go one step further to develop a new measurement concept to continuously measure water pressure in producing wells to monitor the movement of the OWC levels.
One well cost
in average
250 mill NOK
Implementing our technology can reduce the
amount of new wells with 10%
180 development
wells every year
(NPD)
> 10% reduction of new wells
> 18 wells reduced
> 4500 mill NOK

Solveig Riisøen, CEO

Solveig Riisøen is CEO of Hydrotell. After finishing her Master´s degree in Petroleum technology with specialization in Reservoir technology from The University of Bergen, she has worked as Reservoir Engineer in ConocoPhillips. She has been in the Hydrophilic advisor team before she took the role as CEO of Hydrotell in 2020.

Board of Directors

Trond Rolfsvåg
Chair
Hydrophillic
Terje Handeland
Member
Validé
Tarald Gudmestad
Member
Aarbakke Innovation
Solveig Riisøen
Member
Hydrotell
Tron Bjelland Helgesen
Observer
Wintershall
Jeroen Van der Hoek
Observer
Equinor
Pierre Hacquard
Observer
Equinor
Terje Sætrevik
Observer
Stavanger Revisjon AS

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