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Quantum Downhole Systems: Making Wells Great Again – Using Data-Driven Technology to Add Greater Value


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“Canada is one of the best places in the world where great technology is developed,” says Steven Winkler, President and Director of Quantum Downhole Systems (‘Quantum’). And Quantum is leading the way in developing some of Canada’s innovative technology within the oil and gas industry, specifically with their wellbore milling, cleaning and production evaluation technology.

Having supported clients such as CNRL, Devon Canada, Shell Canada, and Husky Energy, Quantum’s game changing well intervention technology allows their clients to optimize production from existing wells. So much so, that during the downturn of the past couple years, Quantum has experienced growth. Winkler happily states, “we’ve made money and increased our revenue every single year, along with increasing our staff.” This growth, in a time when many in the industry are laying off, highlights the value of the technology, not to mention the improvements in Quantum’s technology and continued commitment to research and development.

Thanks to their advanced technology, such as their patent-pending Dual Coil Milling System, JetVak™ Well Cleanout System, and Q-Vak Well Evaluation, Quantum is bringing more insight and clarity to how these under-pressured horizontal wells produce and what the true amount of recoverable reserves really is. Winkler highlights, “the data our services’ information provides allows the client to make sound decisions regarding the subject well but also future drilling candidates, stimulation designs and EOR strategies.”   

Dual Coil Milling System (‘DCMS’)

With their DCMS, Quantum is able to solve many issues related to casedhole milling. Specifically designed for under-pressured or sub-hydrostatic horizontal wellbores, the DCMS utilizes separate coiled tubing conduits to deliver power fluid to drive the mud motor and nitrogen to circulate solids and cuttings from the well. This ability to adjust fluid and nitrogen levels independently gives their clients greater control of the milling process. With this, the technology then allows for greater optimization in production, maximizing the reserves recovery on challenging horizontal wells. Through the DCMS, Quantum supports their clients in reducing well intervention risk, cost over runs, and minimizing fluid loses.

JetVak™ Well Cleanout System

The golden child of technology for Quantum is their JetVak™ Well Cleanout System (JetVak™), which is typically used in semi-mature wells where bottom hole pressures have been significantly reduced. The JetVak™ system, which utilizes the same Dual Coiled Tubing as the DCMD(S), but in this case includes a specifically engineered jet pump and external jetting head, allows clients to effectively remove solids, ashphaltenes and or paraffins from low bottom hole pressure wells while gathering inflow data.  This translates into enhancing existing proven production and increase their clients over-all recoverable reserves. The data gathered during cleanout is unlike any other method and better informs the client regarding production strategies and possible future interventions. To give a clear demonstration of the JetVak™ at work, Quantum has created a great video explaining just how their system works.

Through their JetVak™ system, Quantum provides their clients with accurate data about the relationship between the reservoir and an individual well. As Winkler states, “The real goal with our technology is to gather pertinent, accurate info about how the well and reservoir are working together.” This information is invaluable to their clients as it doesn’t just say how much fluid is coming out of the well now, but informs what type of future interventions may be required. By providing this insight, clients are able to increase the recovery factory within their assets. 

Q-Vak Well Evaluation

What is of great importance to Quantum and the value they offer their clients is the data they collect from the wells, which is where their Q-Vak Well Evaluation (Q-Vak) comes into play. The Q-Vak system utilizes a jet pump/venture principle, which creates a localized draw down at the location of the BHA. This provides an immediate and dynamic production evaluation of each port or cluster throughout the line(R) of the well, resulting in better exploitation of reserves. “Ultimately, we’re finding out the characteristics and parameters of the reservoir to see how much they can drain out of [it],” says Winkler. This information allows companies to better understand a well’s specific interval targets, the inflow performance relationship, and the actual mapping of the reservoir.

Increasing the Recovery Factor Within Assets

With each iteration of their technology and systems, Quantum continues to provide deeper insights for their clients. To do this effectively, Quantum focuses on creating an open dialogue with clients. “It’s a collaborative effort to work with [our clients] to find the answers that they’re looking for and more,” says Winkler. “[Quantum] is a data driven company,” Winkler continues, “and it’s with the disruptive technology that we capture a well’s data to better understand how we can increase our client’s recovery factor and shareholder value.”

Having completed over 1000 wells with a proven process and their versatile technology, Quantum continues to support clients through improved circulation while milling, increased recovery, consistent execution in cleaning out wells, and providing valuable data of the asset. Through all of this, Quantum helps with economic improvements as clients increase production, while using captured data to guide future decisions.

At the end of the day, Quantum has seen their own growth because they are a premium provider who gets the job done, on time and on budget, while providing great insights not just for their clients’ assets, but for the entire horizontal wellbore optimization industry.

For more information on Quantum, visit: http://www.quantumdownhole.com or contact:

Steven Winkler
Ph: 403-450-8280
E: info@quantumdownhole.com



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