SECURE Energy Services maintains a fully equipped, comprehensive 7,000 sq.ft laboratory, located in the SE of Calgary, Alberta. This facility is run by an experienced team of 7 PhD chemists, and 9 chemists with BSc or MSc. The objective of this facility is to assist our customers with technical challenges through simulations and testing, research and development of new products and education sessions.
The facility provides testing and tailored product development for completion support and is compliant with API testing procedures where required and ensure QA/QC parameters are met as necessary. They are actively working on research and development of new products for all facets of drilling, completion and production fluids, custom testing requirements, troubleshooting, training, customer demonstrations and Drilling Mud Schools.
Extensive technical experience using state of the art analytical equipment ensures high quality data collection and interpretation. In addition, strong links with external facilities (both industrial and academic) ensures rapid access to a wide range of analytical techniques and test instrumentation.
The laboratory contains the following key pieces of equipment:
• OFITE 77 HTHP Viscometer
• HP Gas Chromatograph
• RO Tap Sieve Shaker
• Anton Parr MCR-501 Viscometer
• Dynamic Scale Loop
• Brookfield LSRV Viscometers
• Ofite 900 Viscometers
• Analytical Density Meter
• Grace M3500a Viscometer
• Fann 8-Speed Viscometers
• Lubricity Testing Instruments (OFITE)
• Industrial Fume-Hood Ventilation System
• Hot-Roll Ovens and Test Cells
• Microtox 500 Analyzer
• High-Speed Centrifuges
• Custom Seepage / Lost Circulation Test Cell
• API Fluid Loss Manifolds
• UV-Visible Spectrometer
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• Silverson L5M-A High Shear mixers
• Hamilton Beach Blenders
• Emulsion Stability Meters
• HTHP Fluid Loss Apparatus
• Heating / Stirring Plates
• Analytical Balances
• Foam Stability Cone Apparatus
• Dynamic linear swell meter
• OFI HTHP Dynamic Filtration Unit
• 50 ml Variable Temperature Retorts
• Aeration Equipment
• Core flood system for chemical floods and formation damage studies
• Malvern Particle Size Analyzers
• Spinning Drop Tensiometer
• RCE apparatus for real time corrosion testing
• Automatic Titrators
• Pensky-Martens Closed-Cup Flash Point Tester
• Custom Pump Loop
• Colloid Mill
SECURE performs a variety of analysis outside the general scope of drilling fluid testing. Anti-accretion analysis is currently one of the parameters tested in a specific manner where emphasis on metal rolling tests and wafer stability tests for drilling fluid compatibility is assessed. In addition, testing is also performed using sand cell tests to simulate permeability and formation shut off properties. Elastomer compatibility testing with various base oils is another parameter that is difficult to assess, thus requiring analysis and interpretation once the lab results are in. SECURE has used shale dispersion testing to establish inhibition requirements in conjunction with a dynamic linear swell meter. Study of hole cleaning issues and barite SAG have also led to the use of the barite SAG shoe analysis to confirm appropriate rheology requirements and ultimately the use of Low shear rate viscosity testing. Formation damage studies are performed on sensitive formations to determine the effects of the drilling and completion fluids on the oil production.
Completion Fluids & Production Chemicals
The laboratory also formulates completion and production fluids. The Completions team provides testing of demulsifiers for heavy oil/SAGD operations. This testing includes the ability to generate emulsions at various temperatures then custom design demulsifier blends which are best suited to a particular emulsion at any given operational temperature.
The focus on research and new product development conducted in our Calgary laboratories allows us to provide unique, tailored products. The following is a comprehensive listing of the products we provide:
SECURE also performs a variety of water testing in order to provide expertise in the cleaning of various water streams such as produced or flow back water.
We offer the following production chemical services at our Technology and Innovation Centre in Calgary and out of Lloydminster, as well as our field lab in Peace River:
The laboratory is also responsible for the maintenance and calibration of field test equipment and the development of Standard Operating Procedures. SECURE also offers a wide range of technical training programs for both internal staff and customers. These training programs typically include both theoretical and practical (laboratory based) sections.