Photo: Kalashnikov Concern
Upon completion of sea test carried out last year, the Kalashnikov’s Abalon seismoacoustic bottom system will be finally enhanced and ready for start of commercial production by the end of 2023.
Abalon station is a unique indigenous development composed of 100% Russian-made components.
“The station was designed from scratch using the Concern’s proprietary hardware components,” says Igor Khodakovsky, Head of Experimental Electronics Production at Kalashnikov Concern. “It helps to achieve much more accurate geological pattern and, thus, more accurate delimitation of raw hydrocarbon deposits and is able to operate at a depth down to 2 km.”
The great majority of Russian seismic survey companies use only cable equipment with the share of cableless systems owned by domestic companies being small,” says Igor Khodakovsky. Some companies employ rented equipment for some projects (that are difficult to implement using cable systems owing to natural constraints), but this opportunity is becoming increasingly less available due to sanctions.
Abalon features in-house fully-integrated production, proprietary integrated circuits and discrete semi-conductors, precision isotope frequency standards as the basis for onboard time scale drivers, the use of latest generation multichip micromodules of in-house design and production.