Schlumberger Opens New Center of Excellence for Production Chemicals
Schlumberger opened a new purpose-built Production Technologies Center of Excellence aimed at solving customers’ global challenges related to oil and gas production chemistry, particularly those encountered in deep water, heavy oil, and other extreme environments.
Supporting worldwide operations, the center features nine laboratories that combine the company’s process systems, production software, and advanced chemistry. Forty research scientists are dedicated to product development and formulation activities that maintain asset integrity, address flow assurance challenges, and remedy production issues such as deposit formation and naturally occurring gases.
“This center brings under one roof, our capabilities in chemical research, production chemicals formulation and performance testing for our global operations,” said Guy Arrington, president, M-I SWACO, Schlumberger. “Using proprietary technologies for product development, testing, sensitivity studies, and modeling operating scenarios, we aim to enhance oil and gas production in any environment, regardless of difficulty.”
Integrated production workflows combine the testing of reservoir fluids with advanced chemistry to support the development of specifically tailored chemicals and facilitate the testing of formulations under customer-specific conditions.
The diverse development and testing capabilities available in the center aided a customer in the Middle East that sought to decontaminate electrical submersible pumps with an in-situ solution to prevent unnecessary prolonged shut-in and mitigate costs of pump reconditioning. Schlumberger production chemicals experts recommended a scale dissolver solution for in-situ removal of NORM sulfate scale, which helped the customer reduce well downtime, well remediation time and costs, while restoring full production.
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To facilitate testing and comparison of products that attenuate microbially influenced corrosion under field conditions, a method using microorganisms from a low-tide, anoxic North Sea sample was developed that allows corrosion measurements to be made for corroding biofilms grown on steel surfaces.
Water Survey Assesses Souring and Corrosion at Production/Injection Plant
At a water treatment plant for an onshore oil field in northern Germany, formaldehyde injection was started in 2015 as a biocide. The goal of this study was to understand the chemical parameters and microbial distribution in the water system and whether formaldehyde injection was effective.
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20 May 2020
20 May 2020