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Four independent testing rooms, an integrated command and control center, a core preparation laboratory, and an extensive perforated core analysis laboratory for post-test evaluation are among the facilities at the Jet Research Center’s state-of-the-art Advanced Perforating Flow Lab (APFL) in Alvarado, Texas.
The laboratory features include: flow vessels with the ability to conduct tests that simulate downhole reservoir conditions, including pressures and temperatures with a maximum rating of 50,000psi and 400°F, test vessels with the ability to rotate 180° to perform gravity-related sanding studies, and the latest computed tomography imaging technology to evaluate perforation performance and reservoir inflow.
Independent testing rooms
PSI vessel highest rated facility in the industry
Rotation for horizontal well understanding
Testing perforating capabilities in high temperatures
As the industry moves away from testing in concrete and toward testing in rock, the Advanced Perforating Flow Laboratory leads the way. We have pioneered matching the full range of relevant downhole conditions – in addition to the rock itself, matching full downhole pressures (overburden, reservoir, and wellbore), temperatures, pressure dynamics, fluids, and flow regimes.
Want to learn more about optimizing wellbore pressure dynamics?Explore API testing
The strategy of improving gas production by removing perforation debris from perforation tunnels with dynamic underbalance (DUB), even in an overbalanced (OB) wellbore setting, was advanced by conducting a series of perforation tests. Based on API RP 19B (2014) Section 4, perforation tests were conducted matching well configurations and conditions in a high-pressure gas field to help improve production. These tests and early field indicators show that despite perforating at a high-static OB, optimizing DUB effects improves perforation cleanup, resulting in productive perforations.
After identifying the operational constraints of one client, a thorough testing program was developed to identify the optimum perforating technique to achieve maximum reservoir contact and inflow of an HP/HT reservoir. The APFL capabilities allowed accurate replication of in-situ reservoir conditions, enabling precise measurement of flow efficiencies with varying drawdown and fluid dynamics. Ultimately, a solution was developed and tested, which significantly improved tunnel geometry through increased perforation tunnel cleanup, providing increased production in the client’s HP/HT reservoir.
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