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Drilling, Cementing, and Stimulation Research Center

School of Petroleum Technology, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University is developing a Drilling, Stimulation and Cementation centre in consultation with Prof. Subhash Shah with the help of Department of Petroleum, Government of Gujarat. The centre will incorporate three major equipments, i.e. cement slurry evaluation, proppant conductivity evaluation and formation damage evaluation. The installation and commissioning of equipments is expected in July, 2016.

The School of Petroleum Technology (SPT), Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) was established in 2007 with a vision to impart knowledge to the young minds and always strives to provide a conducive environment for the students to develop analytical and practical skills and apply them to real world problems. The primary objective of the school was to become world class research center in upstream sector and to provide opportunities for researchers and academicians around the globe to get involved in the world class research which helps them to grow and excel in their professional career. In order to achieve that we have moved one step forward by developing state of art research center known as Drilling, Cementing, and Stimulation Research Center in India at the premises of PDPU under the aegis of Government of Gujarat and Gujarat State Petroleum Co-orporation (GSPC) Ltd.

Objectives of DSC Centre

  • To ensure the conduct of excellent, high-tech and cutting-edge research by providing excellent research facilities.
  • To demonstrate the process of cement slurry design, formation damage evaluation and proppant conductivity.
  • To carry out research projects by simulating down hole conditions to meet the challenges of oil and gas industries.
  • To understand the effect of different parameters on process design.
  • To initiate and promote research linkages with institutions and agencies including industry and professional organizations.

Industry of DSC Centre

  • Applied Research
  • Industry Proprietary Project
  • Consortium (JIP)

Academic of DSC Centre

  • Collaborative Research
  • Fundamental Research
  • Teaching

Government of DSC Centre

  • Skill Development
  • World Class R&D Center
  • Policy Making and Regulatory Action
  • Energy Security
  • Environmental sustainability

Objectives of Cement Lab

  • To determine thickening time, viscosity, density, compressive strength of cement slurry.
  • To understand the effect of different additives for designing the cement slurry.
  • To design the cement slurry for high pressure high temperature application by simulating downhole conditions with the help of Consistometer and to check the mechanical strength of cement after settling.

Cementing Lab Apparatus

Courtesy of Chandler Engineering, USA

  • HPHT Consistometer
  • Atmospheric Consistometer
  • Viscometer
  • HPHT Filter Press
  • Pressurized Fluid Density Balance
  • Constant Speed Mixture
  • Stirred Fluid Loss Cell

Objectives of Conductivity Tester

  • To conduct crush/sieve analysis of proppant.
  • To conduct fracture conductivity evaluation at various closure pressures and temperatures and resultant conductivity determination at various flow rats and pressure differentials across the fracture/core under predetermined closure pressures.
  • To determine the proppant conductivity at various flow rates and pressure differentials across the proppant pack placed under closure pressure inside the conductivity cell.

Conductivity Tester

Courtesy of Core Laboratories, USA

Major Components

  • Crush Cell
  • Proppant Conductivity Cell
  • Hydraulic press
  • Fluid System
  • Number of Sieves of the relevant size, Sieve shaker and Balance

Objectives of Formation Damage Evaluation Apparatus

Investigation of Formation Damage due to:

  • Scale deposition in near wellbore environment caused by pressure decline and the mixing of incompatible brines in water injection wells.
  • The effect of fines migration caused by brine salinity changes, high production flow rates and dissolution of cementing materials.
  • Clay sensitivity.
  • Effect of drilling fluids and completion fluids including acid and alkali mud systems.
  • The ability to reverse flow through the core sample allows the investigation of "lift off" flow rates and the effect on producing permeability of the drilling and completion fluids.
  • Investigation of the effects of acidization on the permeability.

Formation Damage Evaluation Apparatus

Courtesy of Core Laboratories, USA

Major Components

  • Injection Pump
  • Dynamic Filtration Core Holder
  • Drilling Fluid Recirculation System
  • Fluid Storage Tank