Down-Hole Fluid Sensor Launched
Horsham, Pa., Feb. 12, 2014 — Optoelectronic components and systems designer Avo Photonics, in collaboration with an optical-sensor group at oil and natural-gas service company Weatherford International of Geneva, has validated the performance of a down-hole multichannel photometer that performs fluid analysis in deep boreholes.
The sensor has completed several field trials and is being volume manufactured by Avo Photonics for commercial deployment by Weatherford.
A down-hole multichannel photometer, developed by Avo Photonics and Weatherford International. Courtesy Avo Photonics.
The reservoir fluid analyzer (RFA) sensor fits in a 4.5-in.-diameter hole, performing down-hole fluid analysis up to 5 km below the Earth’s surface. The sensor design allows the device to perform photometric analysis while withstanding operating temperatures from −20 to 177 °C and total differential pressures up to 30,000 psi.
“Designing and manufacturing an optical fluid analyzer for down hole is challenging, and Weatherford’s extended long-wavelength requirements compounded the difficulties of high-temperature performance,” said Thomas Haslett, chief technology officer for Avo Photonics. “We created an original design from our unique perspective.”
Avo Photonics is a Halma company.
For more information, visit: www.avophotonics.com