MTS & Nordic Research Specialist SINTEF Co-Develop Next Generation Geomaterials Modeling Technology Vital To Future Oil Exploration
The new test system replicates the stress profiles present in different rock formations, as well as simulates fluid flow patterns and other factors that impact well integrity. Through these advanced modeling capabilities, oil recovery will be increased—with larger quantities being extracted from current reserves. In addition, this technology will play a decisive role in gaining access to more difficult to reach reserves as they are discovered.
Representing a major investment from the engineering resources of both parties, the MTS/SINTEF test system comprises a multitude of state-of-the-art sensors, actuators, and pressurization systems, driven by highly sophisticated control software. Using the system, laboratory staff will be able to create detailed models that allow different drilling scenarios to be investigated in order to assure borehole stability is upheld—which translates into more stable and efficient oil production.
"The oil industry faces difficult challenges ahead. Given a scarcity of remaining assets but unrelenting demand, combined with growing environmental concerns, it is paramount that the extraction process is made as efficient and safe as possible," states Dr.
"The relationship between SINTEF and MTS spans back to the early 1990s. Over the decades we have used the company's equipment in countless research endeavors, and relied on the strong technical expertise and application know-how that comes with it," says Jørn Stenebråten of SINTEF. "This latest project is the most ambitious that our teams have worked on together, setting major obstacles for us to overcome and calling for close cooperation throughout the entire development cycle. Now that the test rig is completed, the benefits it will have to long-term oil exploration are unquestionable," adds
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