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Our Calgary lab provides testing and custom product development of drilling fluids.

We operate and maintain a fully equipped, comprehensive 7,000 sq. ft laboratory. This facility is run by an experienced team of PhD chemists and chemists with BSc or MSc. We assist our customers with comprehensive technical support for all field operations, including on-site field support. This ensures that operational issues can be resolved quickly in a cost-effective manner.

Drilling fluid related technical challenges are examined through simulations and research and development of new products, testing and education sessions.

The team works on research and development of new products for all facets of drilling fluids, custom testing requirements, troubleshooting, training, customer demonstrations and Drilling Mud Schools.

Research and Development

The lab creates an ideal space for research and development - a full technical library, access to state-of-the-art technical databases and an ongoing commitment to staff training ensures that our laboratory team remains at the cutting-edge of technological advances in the oil and gas sector.

Upcoming Technology

Our mandate is continual improvement through process and technological improvements. This is achieved through:

  • Innovative thinking
  • Continual ongoing research
  • Weekly sessions to proactively address and identify potential issues 
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Drilling Fluids Testing Capabilities

We perform a variety of analysis outside the general scope of drilling fluid testing.

Anti-accretion analysis - 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.

Barite SAG shoe analysis - the study of hole cleaning issues to confirm appropriate rheology requirements and ultimately the use of Low shear rate viscosity testing.

Formation damage studies - performed on sensitive formations to determine the effects of the drilling and completion fluids on the oil production.

Our laboratory has the following key pieces of equipment to conduct product testing:

  • 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
  • Cold Storage Capacity
  • 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