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SGS and OPECS Partner to Offer SGS ARPIN Workflow and Consultancy

August 21, 2020

SGS and Oilfield Production Enhancement Consulting Services Ltd. (OPECS), a consultancy company based in Aberdeen, United Kingdom, have signed a cooperation agreement to jointly deliver SGS ARPIN workflow consultancy services. They will also provide consultancy for hydraulic fracturing, well stimulation and geomechanics to support energy companies in optimizing their drilling and stimulation work.

The SGS ARPIN workflow has been developed to obtain rock mechanical properties from rock fragments obtained from drilling through rock intervals in the subsurface. The workflow applies scanning electron microscopy and nano-indentation analysis on selected rock fragments combined with a proprietary modeling workflow to deliver key geomechanical information of the tested intervals at a reduced cost.

OPECS and SGS: Working Together

By working together, OPECS and SGS offer an integrated service package, combining OPECS expertise with the SGS ARPIN workflow to generate a solid understanding of the geomechanical behavior of rocks in the subsurface. Such an understanding is key for optimizing well stimulation design, accurate hydraulic fracture modeling, borehole stability assessment and well integrity analysis. With this service package, OPECS and SGS offer a range of benefits for customers, including considerable cost and time savings.

Alim Saidov, Executive Vice President, Oil, Gas & Chemicals at SGS, said: “We are very pleased to enter into this partnership with OPECS. Reduction of CAPEX is a key factor that many energy companies are continuously addressing. Through this cooperation, we offer a solution that will significantly reduce costs ¬– for example, through significant reduction of required drilling rig-time. It will also provide key insights and expertise that will enable our customers to control and reduce operational risks. Our existing and potential new clients can reap the rewards of the synergies between the OPECS team and the SGS ARPIN workflow.”

Bogdan Bocaneala, Managing Director of OPECS, said: “The partnership with SGS is a key milestone for us in achieving our goal to provide the best technical solutions to our customers. I believe that ARPIN will revolutionize the way we look at geomechanics for hydraulic fracturing and will result in better proppant placement with the benefits of production increase, without any of the extra costs of cutting and analyzing core.

“The partnership with SGS is the first in a series of many in our quest to improve the technical accuracy, operational efficiency and environmental footprint, while simultaneously reducing the cost of production enhancement treatments.”

For further information, please contact:

Ivo Vos
Manager BD & Sales, OGC Subsurface Consultancy
t: +31 (0)88 214 7960

Mario Ulloa
Business Development Manager - OPECS
t: +40 723 302 210


OPECS is an experienced and dynamic company based in Aberdeen UK that provides best-in-class technical, operational and commercial consulting services for operators looking to increase their production and asset value through reservoir stimulation.

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