Maersk container opening

State of the art equipment arrives at DHRTC

Friday 05 May 17

Valuable laboratory equipment has made its way all the way from Qatar to Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre’s building on DTU’s campus in Lyngby. The state of the art equipment will allow the researchers to explore even the finest details of the reservoir rocks.

Two big containers filled with equipment from Maersk’s oil operations in Qatar arrived at Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC). Among others, the shipment contained two CT-scanners and an electron microscope.

The new CT-scanners at DHRTC will make it possible to probe the underground on an even finer scale than previous.

“With resolution on the micro- and nanometer scale, we can explore surface wetting properties of the reservoir chalk by directly imaging it. We can use the detailed scans to generate 3D porosity maps that can be used to inform and verify permeability models,” says Anders Nymark Postdoc at DHRTC.

Possible areas of research also include the mechanical properties and better core flooding models. By scanning a sample before and after mechanical testing, it is possible to see exactly which regions have deformed and where cracks have propagated. A detailed scan can be used as a ‘prior’ for the core flooding experiments performed in a conventional medical CT. The fine scale information can be used to reconstruct better images from the coarse resolution of the medical CT-scanner, yielding higher resolution images with less noise.

The equipment has been donated by Maersk to DHRTC where the right settings are being set up to put the equipment back into use. Together with the new laboratory facilities at DHRTC it will play an important role in the research being done to secure an increased recovery of oil and gas from the Danish part of the North Sea. 

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