Distributed temperature sensing (DTS) and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) data recorded by a fiber-optic array installed during the decommissioning operations of the 1550 m Harvey 3 well in Western Australia reveal an abundance of valuable information about the course of the decommissioning process and the quality of the cement job. The DAS monitoring has detected vibrational disturbances during the cement's setting up, while DTS was used to assess setting up of the cement and curing times as well as uniformity of cementation from the distribution of temperature along the borehole. A weeklong trial acquisition of passive seismic data with the same array a year later shows an abundance of seismic events in a wide frequency range from below 1 mHz to above 200 Hz. The downhole DAS array provides traveltimes and amplitudes of these events, which include earthquakes, mine blasts, ocean microseisms, and local human activity. The amplitudes of waves from distant seismic events can be used to estimate and monitor physical properties of the media along the extent of the well. When used in combination with information from active vertical seismic profiling, these events can help obtain independent estimates of velocities and densities. Spectral analysis of low-frequency microseisms shows a strong correlation between passively recorded DAS and local weather observations. This shows that the ability to continuously record oceanic microseisms at low frequencies opens opportunities to employ such arrays for wave climate studies. In addition, the data contain peculiar in-hole reverberations likely caused by crossflow of groundwater behind the intermediate casing, which may indicate imperfections of the cement job. The results demonstrate that a downhole fiber-optic array installed in an abandoned well represents an opportunity to establish a permanent facility for continuous recording of passive and active geophysical data and for exploring various applications.

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