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Halliburton opens new perforating technology laboratory

21st November 2012

Halliburton’s new Advanced Perforating Flow Lab (APFL) will spur the advancement of downhole and perforating techniques

Halliburton opens new perforating technology laboratory
The laboratory’s technologies include flow vessels which are able to conduct tests simulating downhole reservoir conditions

US oilfield services company Halliburton has launched a new testing facility for the advancement of downhole and perforating techniques, the Advanced Perforating Flow Lab (APFL) in Alvarado, Texas, at Halliburton’s Jet Research Centre (JRC).

The facility is made up of four independent testing rooms, a core preparation laboratory, and an extensive perforated core analysis laboratory for post-test evaluation, Halliburton said.

The laboratory’s technologies include flow vessels which are able to conduct tests simulating downhole reservoir conditions, such as pressures of up to 50,000 psi and a maximum temperature of approximately 205°C. The facility will also apply other equipment, including test vessels able to rotate 180 degrees to perform gravity-related sanding studies and computed tomography (CT) imaging technology to assess perforator performance and reservoir inflow.

“Halliburton once again is stepping ahead and leading the industry in perforating technology,” said David Topping, vice president of Halliburton’s wireline and perforating business line. “With our new facilities, we have the capability to reproduce the conditions we are going to find downhole, whether in deepwater, unconventional resources or mature fields, thereby providing our customers with access to information that will help with the right choice of perforation design to maximize their assets.”

 

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