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Research and Development

EMC has a fully equipped Research and Development laboratories for developing High Performance Drilling Fluid products

The EMC laboratory in Ahmedabad is headed up by Dr Swapan Mandal and is the main Research and Development and QAQC facility for testing and developing new Smart Fluid Technology for EMC's proprietary Drilling Fluid products. The EMC laboratory in Stavanger specialises in development of new testing methodologies and work within the areas of Wellbore Strengthening and Reservoir Protection.

EMC is doing research related to development of new products within the field of Drilling Fluids. The Laboratory and Scientists are available for testing and adaption of products to meet specific client requirement, in relation to Drilling Fluid systems, Non-Invasive Fluids and Lost Circulation.

EMC has entered into a research collaboration with Professor Arild Saasen at the Department of Energy and Petroleum at the University of Stavanger. EMC's ambition is to increase the understanding of drilling operations and to develop world class products in order to provide better, faster and more environmentally friendly drilling.

The Research and Development of EMC is supported by The Research Council of Norway and past projects have been supported by Innovation Norway.

Recent research publications from the EMC labs:

1) Khalifeh, M., Klungtvedt, K.R., Vasshus, J.K., Saasen, A., 2019. “Drilling Fluids – Lost Circulation Treatment”, SPE-195609-MS, SPE seminar in Bergen, Norway, May 2019.

2) Klungtvedt, K.R., Khalifeh, M., Saasen, Berglind, B., A., Vasshus, J.K., 2021. “Preventing Drilling Fluid Induced Reservoir Formation Damage" SPE/IADC-202187-MS. DOI: 10.2118/202187-MS

3) Klungtvedt, K.R., Saasen, A., Vasshus, J.K., Trodal, V.B., Mandal, S.K., Berglind, B., Khalifeh, M., 2021. "The Fundamental Principles and Standard Evaluation for Fluid Loss and Possible Extensions of Test Methodology to Assess Consequences for Formation Damage" Energies 14, no. 8: 2252.

4) Klungtvedt, K.R. and Saasen, A.,  “A Method for Assessing Drilling Fluid Induced Formation Damage in Permeable Formations using Ceramic Discs”, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 213 (2016):110324.March 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.petrol.2022.110324

5) Klungtvedt, K.R. and Saasen, A.,  “Invasion of CaCO3 Particles and Polymers in Porous Formations in Presence of Fibers”, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 2022.

6) Klungtvedt, K.R. and Saasen, A.,  “Comparison of Lost Circulation Material Sealing Effectiveness in Water-Based and Oil-Based Drilling Fluids under Conditions of Mechanical Shear and High Differential Pressures”, Journal of Energy Resources Technology 22-1218. OMAE2022.

7) Klungtvedt, K.R. and Saasen, A.,  “The Role of Particle Size Distribution for Fluid Loss Materials on Formation of Internal Filter-Cakes and Avoiding Formation Damage”, Journal of Energy Resources Technology 22-1217. OMAE2022.

8) Khalifeh, M., Saasen, A., Vorland, K.A.N., Djuve, J., Klungtvedt, K.R., “Rheological Characteristics of Oil-Based and Water-Based Drilling Fluids” Ann. Trans Nordic Rheol. Soc., 29, 17-24, 2021

9) Klungtvedt, K.R., Pedrosa, C. and Saasen, A.,  “Measuring Filter-cake Cohesive Strength and Flowability”,  Geoenergy Science and Engineering, Volume 221 (2023).

10) Klungtvedt, K.R., Vasshus, J.K., Nesheim, G., Scott, P.D. “Managing High Differential Pressures in Fractured Carbonate Reservoir by use of Wellbore Strengthening Material”, OTC-32173-MS, Offshore Technology Conference 2023, Houston, Texas, USA.

11) Klungtvedt, K.R., Vasshus, J.K., Saasen, A. “Assessment of induced fracturing and fracture sealing during drilling”, Geoenergy Science and Engineering, Volume 226 (2023) 211816.

12) Jeunghale, R. et al. "First Application of Biogenic Fibres in a Reservoir Drilling Fluid to Enable Safe Drilling and Data Acquisition Across a Depleted, Highly Laminated, Carbonate Reservoir with Hetrogeneous Characteristics", ADIPEC Abu Dhabi, October 2023, SPE-216525-MS.

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