SpotLight shines on Phaze Ventures with landmark investment in seismic monitoring startup

Omani venture capitalists add new technology company to global portfolio.

Phaze Ventures, the Oman-based venture capital firm, today announces its investment into SpotLight, the French geoscience startup that provides dynamic detection of subsurface movements. The deal marks Phaze Ventures’ seventh investment since 2018, building on its mission to transform traditional industries with disruptive technology.

SpotLight’s proprietary single source, single receiver seismic monitoring technology is currently being piloted by Petroleum Development Oman.

The first and only solution to offer 4D seismic monitoring of subsurface movements from a single source and a single receiver, SpotLight’s technology drastically reduces the cost of effective real-time monitoring. With 4D seismic monitoring having proven prohibitively expensive in most use cases, this unlocks the possibility of accurate monitoring for a much wider range of projects than ever before including, but not limited to, projects stretching across the oil and gas value chain and nuclear storage.

Habib Al Khatib, Founder and CEO at SpotLight adds: “We are thrilled to be a part of the Phaze Ventures portfolio. Over the last six months we have been working very closely with the team and Petroleum Development Oman to further develop and deploy our technology in-country. The results so far have been very exciting and we look forward to continuing our rapid progress over the months and years to come.

“Phaze Ventures’ deep industry partnerships and network will play a crucial role in that development, as its unique ability to help us organise live pilots with major industry players presents a fantastic opportunity for us to extend our reach and continuously improve our understanding of the global market.”

Abdullah Al-Shaksy, CEO and Co-founder at Phaze Ventures, concludes: “SpotLight’s technology marks a tremendous step forward in industries’ ability to monitor and prevent subsurface environmental impact in a non-invasive and cost-effective manner.

“This sort of innovation is precisely what Phaze Ventures was founded to support. We exist to uncover the companies with both the technical ability and commercial potential to make a real difference to traditional industries, and give them access to the network, support and opportunities they need to succeed. SpotLight is a perfect example.”

About Phaze Ventures:  

Established in 2018, Phaze Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm founded to fund disruptive technology companies and accelerate their missions to transform traditional industries.

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