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Running tests on large scale

Halliburton invited the industry partners of The National IOR Centre of Norway to have a look at the large scale test they have set up.

Halliburton's large scale test phase II investigates the thermally triggered polymers such as associative polymers to study polymer retention, polymer propagation and thermal-activation mechanism. Halliburton's large scale test phase II investigates the thermally triggered polymers such as associative polymers to study polymer retention, polymer propagation and thermal-activation mechanism.

As one of the industry partners of The National IOR Centre of Norway, Halliburton has been running several yard tests for the Centre. The ongoing yard test at Halliburton has been progressing well. Therefore the Centre decided to combine the TC (technical committee) meeting with a visit to Halliburtons facilities the same day. The industry partners of the Centre got the opportunity to see the large scale set-up, and they also got a brief introduction from Amare Mebratu (Halliburton) and Arne Stavland (NORCE) who have been in charge of the test. 

Studying polymers

The purpose of the yard test has been to evaluate the thermally triggered polymers such as associative polymers to study polymer retention, polymer propagation and thermal-activation mechanism. This has been planned, designed and rigged up with a temporary test rig at Halliburton`s facilities. 

The set-up is based on a 1-metre long sandpack. BASF, the owner of Wintershall, has delievered the polymers used in the test.

«We have got some good attention from other companies regarding this test. Hopefully we can upscale from 1 to 12 metres, to get the measurements in between. That's the plan for now,» Amare Mebratu said to industry and research representatives present.

Centre research partner IFE is also interested in using the set-up for testing particle tracers.

Planning new workshops

Before the visit to Halliburton's yard test, a TC meeting was held at UiS. Here, the industry came with their suggestions for new workshops arranged by the Centre. The next workshops will be on the themes wettability / core preparation and CCS IOR.

The industry partners also suggested a socalled "blue sky" workshop, where the purpose is to come up with completely new ideas and to challenge the current research.

The next Centre workshop will be arranged in May/June.

Text and photo: Kjersti Riiber