Probe Technologies Holdings (Probe) has introduced the iQ, a new multi-purpose inspection tool that provides quantitative measurements of well casing thickness and inner diameter (ID), as well as a comprehensive analysis of casing material properties. It operates in high pressure wellbores, including those in highly deviated and horizontal wells, up to 20,000 psi, in temperatures as high as 175°C.
The iQ was developed in direct response to demand for a quantifiable, reliable and cost effective intelligent well integrity evaluation solution by independent wireline companies in North America. Highly deviated and horizontal wells require a consistent, easier way to comprehensively evaluate cement and well integrity in a single run.
The challenge was to help wireline companies evaluate these wells, which are becoming increasingly complex, particularly in terms of trajectory and tortuosity of the well path. It is critical that potential weak points are accurately identified to avoid well integrity problems, especially in completions that must with stand the extreme pressures required for hydraulic fracturing.
Unlike other well integrity evaluation tools, the iQ is only one that provides an economic, reliable and simple method of gathering accurate quantitative casing thickness measurements with azimuthal sensitivity, and carrying out comprehensive casing material property analysis.
“This unique combination means that the iQ is the only tool of its kind to offer such a broad range of well integrity evaluation capabilities in one simple intelligent solution,” said Pouya Mahbod, VP, North America Sales for Probe. During the past 18 months, the iQ was put through a series of rigorous tests at Probe’s Technology Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The iQis currently being qualified for use by a major wireline service company, as well as several other independents in North America.