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Maersk Oil Qatar completed Qemscan WellSite Tests

November 03/2011

(Arabian oil and gas) -- FEI Companys Natural Resources Business Unit has confirmed the successful completion of QEMSCAN WellSite field tests with Maersk Oil, in cooperation with Qatar Petroleum. The QEMSCAN WellSite solution provides automated, quantitative mineralogical, lithological and textural analysis of drill cuttings from oil and gas wells. In the field test, the system was deployed on an off-shore jack-up drilling rig near Qatar, where it was used to characterize carbonate and clastic geological sequences and reservoirs.

The field tests were conducted between June and September 2011 in the challenging environment of an offshore drilling platform where the system endured large temperature variations, humidity, and vibrations on the jack-up rig, yet the QEMSCAN WellSite system was reliable, said Lewis Affleck, managing director, Maersk Oil Qatar.

Affleck adds, The systems automated analysis and well-defined work flow delivered unbiased, quantitative characterization of drill cuttings in less than an hour from sample collection. Getting higher-quality information from drill cuttings helped us to make on-site mineralogy determination with greater confidence, supporting the porosity evaluation, and provided valuable data for post-drilling analysis. Our field tests of the QEMSCAN WellSite solution proved it to be quite valuable, and in particular, we see potential for its use in deep water drilling operation, especially in complex mineralogical settings.

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