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.