FEI Launches New Core-to-Pore Imaging Workflow for Shale Gas Reservoirs
Workflow Provides a Coherent and Correlated View of Image Data Sets Over a Range of Scales, From Macro-Scale Features of the Drill Core to Sub-Micron-Scale Porosity Features
Hillsboro, Ore., Jan. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FEI‘s (Nasdaq:FEIC) Natural Resources Business Unit announced today a “core-to-pore” petrography workflow for core analysis of unconventional gas reservoirs in the oil and gas industry. The workflow includes a new automated, large-scale, high-resolution imaging method for viewing and analyzing petrographic data sets with length scales ranging from centimeters to nanometers. Access to information at both ends of the scale is critically important to drilling and production companies working in shale gas reservoirs.
“Core-to-pore is a dedicated solution for gas shale applications. The core-to-pore workflow provides information that is of growing importance in the exploration and production of unconventional tight reservoirs that hold enormous reserves of natural gas,” said Paul Scagnetti, vice president and general manager of FEI’s Natural Resources Business Unit.
In order to optimize completion of unconventional reservoirs, like Marcellus and Barnett, geologists need to relate the fracture network observed in core samples to the nanometer-scale distribution of pores, their hydrocarbon content and permeability, and the connectiveness of the pore networks allowing it to flow to the nearest fracture for production. This is “core-to-pore” analysis.
“The large data sets generated in the analysis preserve the spatial relationships between features at all scales and facilitate quick and easy navigation,” said Scagnetti.
The new core-to-pore workflow solution can be implemented on a variety of FEI scanning electron microscope systems by adding MAPS (Modular Automated Processing System) imaging software, a QEMSCAN® petrographic analyzer, and a specific sample preparation method.
The workflow automatically acquires a grid of high-resolution electron microscope images covering the entire sample surface, and stitches them together in a coherent and correlated image data set. The software also includes a viewer for quick navigation through the data set.
The image data sets can be augmented with additional information, such as mineralogy data from QEMSCAN or three-dimensional structural data from a DualBeam™ system. The workflow also serves as a correlative solution that provides the ability to overlay and visually correlate high-resolution electron microscope images with data from other techniques commonly found in oil and gas petrology labs, such as optical microscopy, micro-CT, or cathodoluminescence (CL).
FEI (Nasdaq:FEIC) is a leading diversified scientific instruments company. It is a premier provider of electron- and ion-beam microscopes and solutions for nanoscale applications across many industries: industrial and academic materials research, life sciences, semiconductors, data storage, natural resources and more. With more than 60 years of technological innovation and leadership, FEI has set the performance standard in transmission electron microscopes (TEM), scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and DualBeams™, which combine a SEM with a focused ion beam (FIB). Headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore., USA, FEI has over 2,000 employees and sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world. More information can be found at: www.fei-natural-resources.com .
FEI Safe Harbor Statement
This news release contains forward-looking statements that include statements regarding the performance capabilities and benefits of the “core-to-pore” workflow solution. Factors that could affect these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to failure of the product or technology to perform as expected and achieve anticipated results, unexpected technology problems and our ability to manufacture, ship and deliver the tools or software as expected. Please also refer to our Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, Forms 8-K and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information on these factors and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. FEI assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements.
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