3Schlumberger has announced that it is opening a new purpose-built chemicals centre of excellence aimed at solving customers’ global challenges related to oil and gas production chemistry, particularly those encountered in deepwater, heavy oil and other extreme environments.
Supporting worldwide operations, the center features nine laboratories that combine the best of Schlumberger process systems, production software and advanced chemistry. Forty research scientists are dedicated exclusively 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 centre 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.”
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.
Schlumberger also has a worldwide network of regionally located laboratories that support production chemicals operations, which enables customers to optimise production chemical treatments from reservoir to refinery.