Wavefield Inseis exercised its option to purchase the remaining shares of Norwegian optical sensor specialist Optoplan AS from former owner Weatherford. The option was available until the end of 2008 and was part of the original deal when the company purchased an initial 35 percent of Optoplan in December 2006.
The 100 percent ownership has been accelerated so that Wavefield can aggressively move ahead with bringing to market the Optowave 4C permanent OBC system, which has been developed by Optoplan, and developing further applications of their optical sensing technology.
"During the period of shared ownership with Weatherford, we have gained sufficient confidence in Optoplan's best-in-class employees and unique IP portfolio to take this to the next level," stated Wavefield Inseis CEO Atle Jacobsen. "The fibre optic reservoir monitoring system is developed to a fully commercial product complete with high volume manufacturing. This generates a solid platform for us to further develop the company into a world leader in optical sensing technology for the E&P industry."
The CEO of Optoplan, Morten Eriksrud, said, "The new ownership in Optoplan will give us a unique opportunity to access the seismic market with our fiber optic sensing technology. With it's aggressive marketing strategy, Wavefield Inseis is a perfect partner for us."