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Clariant Inaugurates State-of-the-Art Laboratory at Midland Facility to Strengthen R&D Activities

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Clariant upgrades Midland facility, significantly strengthening oilfield services support to Permian Basin operators.
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Clariant upgrades Midland facility, significantly strengthening oilfield services support to Permian Basin operators. (Source: Clariant)

The new laboratory comprises unique capabilities which will prove beneficial for oil and gas producers in the Permian Basin. In addition to this, a larger blending plant, tank farm and a new 10-bay fleet maintenance building will also be a part of the facility’s enhancements.

Muttenz/Switzerland – Clariant has recently announced the inauguration of a new state-of-the-art laboratory at its facility in Midland, Texas. This capital investment upgraded several key infrastructure elements of the operations center. Most prominent is the laboratory, which is Clariant Oil Services’ fourth Regional Technical Laboratory in North America. The laboratory has almost doubled in size and is now equipped with industry-leading research and automation equipment. As such, it will increase sample activity undertaken for regional Permian Basin oil and gas producers by up to 45 per cent over the pre-existing test center.

The new laboratory is unique within North America in having on-site access to two inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) units, state of the art solids identification equipment, including X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), and many other industry leading instruments. All of these are designed to allow the firm’s chemical specialists to process around 7,000 lab samples per month out of this local Permian based lab and meet its customer expectations for turnaround times.

Due to the complexity of unconventional shale production in the Permian basin, this equipment gives Clariant the ability to quickly assess risk factors associated with flow assurance, asset integrity, and oil/water quality, in order to rapidly develop solutions that lower overall cost of operations for its customers. Close proximity to the company’s experts on-site and the local operators ensures real-time customer interaction, while providing simultaneous trouble-shooting to ensure chemical efficacy, such as scale prevention and paraffin inhibition.

In addition to its showcase laboratory, the firm will be able to provide increased support to its customers through a newly operational blending plant, ensuring security of supply and the flexibility to produce bespoke products. An upgraded tank farm, 10-bay fleet maintenance facility and enhanced customer sales offices will also augment the company’s service offerings to customers in the fastest growing oil basin in the US.

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