500,000th cuttings sample processed for NOROG Released Wells Initiative

3 September 2021

After being awarded the contract to deliver the NOROG Released Wells Initiative in 2019, Rockwash Geodata and project partner Stratum Reservoir have now hit a major project milestone: the processing of the 500,000th cuttings sample.

The NOROG Released Wells Initiative is a Norwegian industry-led project, endeavouring to wash and digitalise every available cuttings sample from all exploration and appraisal wells drilled on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

It is expected that the project deliverables will comprise data from over 700,000 samples and approximately 1,900 wells in total.

Having now completed analysis on over half a million samples, the project is now reaching its final stages with a final project completion date expected in spring 2022.

Over 2 million data files have been uploaded to the Norwegian geoscience data repository, DISKOS and all are available for download by all project participants.

This project is the first of its kind attempted worldwide and will pave the way for widespread use of digital cuttings data and will also lay the foundation for other large-scale cuttings digitalisation projects, with key applications in areas such as machine learning.

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