CiDRA SonarTrac
CiDRA's SONARtrac flow monitoring systems

CiDRA Oilsands announced an agreement with Expro Meters to supply both passive and active sonar flow systems and services to the oil sands and heavy oil industries in Western Canada.

CiDRA and Expro Meters have been working with the sonar-based technology since 2000. CiDRA introduced sonar-based flow measurement technology to the oil and gas industry with the deployment of the first down hole, fiber optic multiphase sonar flowmeter in 2000. The passive system, SONARtrac flowmeter, was introduced in 2003 as the first-generation clamp-on sonar meter, suited for measuring flow in difficult slurry and other liquid flow applications.

In 2009, Expro Meters introduced ActiveSONAR, the second-generation clamp-on sonar meter. The ActiveSONAR meter is designed for gas and gas condensate wells in heavy schedule pipes.

With this agreement, both CiDRA and Expro Meters will address the wide range of flow line conditions encountered in oilsands applications.

CiDRA has operated in the oilsands industry for 10 years and has successfully launched a series of products and services, based on SONARtrac and SMARTring technologies, that have been tailored to meet the  challenges of its customers involved in mineable oilsands operations.

“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Expro Meters in Western Canada,” said John Viega, President of CiDRA Oilsands, in a company announcement. “The addition of the active meter to our solutions toolbox will allow us to address a broader range of our customer’s flow and measurement challenges.”