Submarine Technology Boosts U.S. Oil Flow

frackingAn adaption of an acoustic spy technology used by U.S. submarines called “fracking” is guiding oilfield engineers to finishing wells and determining oil flow levels.

The sounds recorded by a fine glass thread two miles underground has become music to the ears of drilling equipment providers such as Halliburton Co. (NYSE:HAL). Bloomberg reports that the technology provides the ability to hear inside a well and enables producers to fine-tune hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process that blasts underground rock with water, sand, and chemicals to free trapped oil and natural gas.

Glenn McColpin, director of reservoir monitoring at Halliburton’s Houston-based Pinnacle unit said, “Halliburton, the world’s largest provider of fracking services, is working on cataloging the combination of sounds that signal the perfect frack: an explosion, cracking rock, and eventually the gurgle of hydrocarbons seeping into the well bore.”