Fluid-Analysis Service

The ICE Core fluid-analysis service from Halliburton identifies not only sample purity, but also fluid components and their proportions within the sample. ICE Core technology relies on photometric detection, not spectroscopy, and thus spans a broader optical range than conventional downhole spectroscopy tools that analyze only a limited portion of the spectrum (wavelengths up to 2100 nm). ICE Core measures wavelengths up to 5500 nm where important fluid components such as hydrogen sulfide can be optimally characterized. Stronger, clearer, and more descriptive optical fingerprints exist in the mid-infrared portion of the spectrum. The use of ICE Core sensors to analyze fluids downhole is simple, with essential components consisting merely of a light source, the sensors themselves, and a detector. The technology can also give users insight into fluid properties regardless of whether physical samples are captured. ICE Core can provide surface readouts in real time and yields results that correlate highly with laboratory analysis. Gas/oil ratios and fluid densities have been validated to within 14 scf/bbl and 1%, respectively. The technology has successfully analyzed fluids under conditions that range from 3,000 to 20,000 psi and from 150 to 350°F.

Symbolic representation of Halliburton’s ICE Core sensor

 


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