Passive seismic technologies used by TenzorGEO have originated from the studies done by a group of scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Physics of the Earth, based in the Russian city of Kazan. For decades, the research was commissioned by the state for non-civilian use, however after the end of the Cold War and the break-up of the Soviet Union, Prof Evgeny Birialtsev and his colleagues had to find other means of funding their work. They saw a way to apply the passive seismic methods in the oil and gas industry, so they advanced the research and development of their technology in a new direction. The team approached TatNeft, a Russian oil supermajor based in their local region, and successfully launched its Low Frequency Seismic technology (LFS), eventually commercialising it across the oil and gas industry in Russia.
Although the oil and gas industry has always been the main driver in the evolution of passive seismic technology, the mining sector also paid attention to the benefits of its application. This was particularly the case after the introduction of Full Waveform Location technology (FWL), which was used on several mining projects to identify active faults.
Over the last five years, the new Carbon Capture and Storage industry has also began showing interest in the passive seismic. Although different in nature, CCS utilises the same or similar reservoirs as oil and gas industry, whilst CO2 itself has physical qualities similar to hydrocarbons from the passive seismic prospective. Following Prof Birialtsev’s spirit of innovation, TenzorGEO is once again pioneering a new application for LFS and FWL technology to deliver an effective Measurement, Monitoring and Verification method (MMV) for the Carbon Capture and Storage sector.
DR ROY BITRUS, PHD
DIRECTOR OF SALES