ResMan AS – a start-up company based on spinning-off technology from SINTEF and IFE – will produce chemical intelligent materials to monitor flows in oil and gas wells. The whole process will take place without the use of cables.
The chemical intelligent materials are based on polymers, which react with their surroundings by releasing trace elements. By distributing the polymer units throughout the well and ensuring that the trace elements are recognised when they migrate to the surface, operators can obtain valuable information about flows in the formation, and how these develop over time.
The technology will significantly reduce uncertainties regarding what actually happens in oil and gas wells. Operators will obtain a better understanding of the physics of underground formations and thus a basis for optimising oil and gas recovery.
The company has been set up by Fridtjof Nyhavn from SINTEF Petroleum Research and Anne Dalager Dyrli from SINTEF Materials and Chemistry (picture).