PetroLocate

PetroLocate

PetroLocate

PetroLocate is the brainchild of the founders of AquaLocate. PetroLocate is dedicated to the development and distribution of the next generation of oil and gas exploration equipment using Seismoelectric technology originally developed in the UK. Operators from around the world have been using the original Seismoelectric technology developed by two former BP exploration Geophysicists, for nearly two decades. PetroLocate has taken the very successful Seismoelectric technology and completely redesigned it to be used to detect and quantify resistive liquids (oil, gas and fresh water) to depths of over 2000m.

Company details

5700 100th ST SW Suite 330 , Lakewood , WA 98499 USA
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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Oil, Gas & Refineries
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
2013
Employees:
1-10
Turnover:
$1,000,000 US - $10,000,000 US

A method of acquiring seismoelectric (electrokinetic) signals has been developed using isolated lines from each electrode pair, referencing of their potentials to a floating virtual earth, and positioning of the pairs close to the seismic source, which achieves a substantial improvement in signal to noise.  Seismoelectric signals occur when fast p-waves intersect interfaces where the anelastic properties change (e.g. permeability, porosity, fluid conductivity, fluid viscosity, or ionic concentration). Such interfaces generate various types of slow p-waves, which decay very rapidly generating heat and electrical signals; additionally the rise time of the seismoelectric signal is inversely proportional to the permeability change.  Seismoelectric survey (SES) acquisition at the surface can measure the electrical fields from decaying slow waves and infer the change in anelastic properties at interfaces as a consequence. The inversion of surface data is aided by the focusing of the seismoelectric potentials about the shot point, allowing small offset electrode pair receivers to be used. For symmetry reasons this “sounding mode” arrangement simplifies acquisition and inversion and can be used repeatedly along profile lines or on grids producing images of subsurface permeability or porosity.

The signal files are processed to give a sounding plot of permeability and porosity against one-way seismic travel time. Values for a simple seismic velocity model are required to allow time-to-depth conversion. The resulting logs against depth are displayed in the field, allowing the surveying program to be modified according to the observations.  Once all the data is collected the PetroLocate software can be used to automatically create 2D models of the processes seismoelectric data.

Operators from around the world have been using the original Seismoelectric technology developed by two former BP exploration Geophysicists, for nearly two decades. PetroLocate has taken the very successful Seismoelectric technology and completely redesigned it to be used to detect and quantify resistive liquids (oil, gas and fresh water) to depths of over 2000m.

Contractors/Professionals we have worked with:

  • Dig Well Drilling – www.digwellwaterlocation.com (Providing water location services (with a GF6) and drilling services in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California)
  • Justice Water Systems INC – www.justicewater.com (Providing drilling services and drilling consultation in Colorado)
  • Texoma Exploration – www.texomaexplore.com (A geophysical firm using various types of geophysics including a 2nd generation GF6 and a 1st generation PL14)
  • Joyco Drilling – www.joycodrilling.com (Providing drilling services in Eastern Washington)
  • SouthDrill Water Exploration – www.southdrill.co.nz (Providing drilling services and water location services (with a GF6) in New Zealand)
  • Baylis Bros LTD – www.baylisbroswelldrillers.co.nz (Providing drilling services and water location services (with a GF3500) in New Zealand)