Headquartered in Aberdeen, UK, TenzorGEO was founded with the aim of maximising economic recovery of hydrocarbons in the North Sea by utilising a unique interpretation software and methodology not previously applied in the offshore domain. The company leverages on decades of experience acquired up by our passive seismic specialists and a high success rate across numerous subsurface applications.
Since its formation, TenzorGEO has continued to push boundaries, expanding into new industries. In 2020, TenzorGEO established itself in the Carbon Capture and Storage industry by upgrading its proven interpretation software to meet the requirements of CO2 injection monitoring.
The History of Low Frequency Seismic Technology
The Low Frequency Seismic (LFS) technology used by TenzorGEO followed a unique development path, mirrored by similar microseismic research done in countries like Switzerland, USA and India. Some aspects of the LFS technology originally emerged as a response to the needs of industries outside of oil and gas sector, such as earthquakes prediction and modelling and military-based geophysics. Whilst there were indicators that the LFS technology could be useful in the petroleum industry, its commercial breakthrough was lumbered with the lack of industry validation and considerable requirements for a substantial outlay of resources such as large data sets for experimentation, high-level academics to create algorithms and software, and a high-power supercomputer.
The advance and commercialisation of any technology requires massive investments and support of industry supermajors who focused mainly on tactical improvements. Unwilling to change their tried and tested active seismic processes, the oil and gas industry regarded using LFS technology as an unnecessary risk, and as a result, the method was shelved. Active seismic has become the dominant method for exploration and appraisal and TenzorGEO found it difficult to break into the market. Mainstream beliefs that shorter waves (higher frequencies) were more informative turned most of key industry players away from LFS.
However, as times moved on, so did the challenges faced by the oil and gas industry. For example, these days it is increasingly rare to discover conventionally structured reservoirs. Remaining assets are located in complex geological hydrocarbons traps, where the application of conventional seismic is less effective and significantly more expensive. Complex geology requires full wave inversion and complex mathematics, two challenges where LFS truly delivers.
For some time, LFS technology seemed to have been lost. It was revived by an academic who developed it into the modern LFS methodology that TenzorGEO has today. Our LFS method delivers results in offshore environments, using the bespoke subsea robotic technologies designed and built in Germany.
TenzorGEO is a proud owner of a unique and powerful software that underpins the high quality and fast turnaround of data analysis. We take particular pride in our team who put together, execute and interpret the LFS surveys for a variety of clients across the globe.
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