New cement evaluation technology from Baker Hughes

New cement evaluation technology from Baker Hughes Electromagnetic-acoustic sensors enable operators to evaluate more comprehensive data. (Image source: Baker Hughes)Baker Hughes recently announced the release of its latest cement integrity evaluation service

Designed to assess the integrity of cement used in oil and gas wells, Integrity eXplorer is the first service of its kind to use electromagnetic-acoustic sensors, rather than the traditional acoustic-based techniques.

Baker Hughes said the new technology is more accurate, allowing operators to directly evaluate the integrity of cement bonds in any current wellbore environment or cement mixture.

“In our role as innovation leaders, we realise that applying yesterday’s technology to today’s challenges may not meet our customer’s emerging needs” said Mariano Gargiulo, vice president of Baker Hughes’ Wireline Services business. “This is especially true in today’s demanding environments that can test the accuracies of traditional evaluation methods.”

Cement compressive strength has typically been used as a key indicator of cement quality, but Baker Hughes claimed a more detailed assessment was now required, particularly given the importance of the reliability of cement-bond logs for upstream operators.

The new service provides users with comprehensive data on the properties of the respective cement, allowing them to make better-informed decisions, the company said.

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