GTI finds commercialization partner for disposable fiber-optic telemetry

Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Des Plaines, Ill., has signed a deal with an unnamed oil-field service company to develop further and commercialize a disposable fiber-optic telemetry system for the drilling industry, according to GTI business development director Ed Smalley.The telemetry system would apply to measurement-while-drilling (MWD) and logging-while-drilling (LWD) applications on conventional drilling rigs with conventional drill pipe, without interfering with drilling operations, according to GTI.1With the reward of data transfer rates as high as 1 million bits/sec, commercialization of the fiber-optic technology seeks to leapfrog the industry's current MWD telemetry, which...

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