The program has support from the UK’s Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), based in Aberdeen.
Badger holds the patents for the tool, which drills down to the target reservoir, compacting and ejecting the drill spoil at the back end of the device using an ultrasonic compactor.
Sensors continuously record data and provide long-term monitoring of the formation. Once the reservoir target has been evaluated, the tool is left permanently underground.
OGIC says the university will assist research into ensuring that the drill spoil is effectively and reliably compacted for subsurface penetration to continue.
Its researchers will develop and test the high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) ultrasonic transducer component employed within the Badger Explorer.
Ian Phillips, CEO of OGIC, said: “This technology could have a huge impact on the UKCS by reducing reservoir evaluation costs and therefore contributing to the goal of maximizing economic recovery in the basin.
“The…technology has been developed with the backing of a number of major operating companies including Chevron, CNPC, ExxonMobil, Shell, Statoil, and Wintershall…
“Badger Explorer gives industry the prospect of carrying a full package of logging sensors, at a substantial lower risk, cost, and complexity compared to using a conventional drilling rig.”
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