The VR360 service overcomes many of the limitations of current cement evaluation technology. It is the first direct measurement of cement distribution with its ability to evaluate even the most advanced, lightweight oilwell cements, thereby making it superior to current ultrasonic technology. While regulatory focus on deepwater well integrity initially stimulated this development of the Visuray Downhole X-Ray Platform, a similar focus on the abandonment of wells in old fields has opened a new and important market for the service.
Significant industry funding has already been secured to accelerate the commercial development of the technology. Key milestones in its technical development have also been reached with full-scale tests in realistic single- and dual-casing well environments, proving the tool’s ability to directly evaluate cement distribution and determine mechanical integrity.