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CGG and Geoptic pen carbon capture and storage monitoring R&D deal

CGG has signed an R&D collaboration agreement with Geoptic to research and assess a novel borehole solution for monitoring the spread of CO2 in subsurface storage sites for carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The collaboration is focused on delivering a new continuous long-term subsurface monitoring solution that will reduce the risks associated with CO2 leakage and enhance the safety of CO2 storage projects.

CGG said it will draw on its expertise in geophysical imaging and integrated geoscience solutions to process and model the data acquired by Geoptic’s downhole tools.

Additionally, the partnership will focus on developing a new version of Geoptic’s DIABLO muon tracking tool specifically for CCS applications.

The company is also developing muon sensors suitable for use down boreholes for the imaging of CCS projects several kilometers underground, as they can be especially useful for environmentally sensitive areas.

Application of these sensors could expand to include surveying construction sites, structural monitoring, mining and other subsurface monitoring arenas, CGG said.

“Geotechnical muon instrumentation offers a unique view on fill and migration measurements for underground CO2 storage,” said Chris Steer, co-founder and managing director of Geoptic.

“The partnership between Geoptic and CGG is world-leading in its joint capabilities, ensuring a positive and impactful future for this new subsurface technology.”

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