HP/HT Testing and Design Validation Facilities

Duncan Technology Center

With its 230,000 sq ft (21,367 m2), this award-winning facility is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Testing under realistic conditions is offered by a 2,200 ft (671 m) test well and a deep-well simulator which can test at pressures up to 20,000 psi and temperatures up to 475°F (246°C). The test well and deep-well simulator are located in a building adjacent to a test rig, allowing many tool development and procedural successes that have saved operators months of development time.

The facility is also equipped with a Pressure Testing and Tool Assembly unit. This unit has the capability to test mechanical burst and collapse pressures, along with the effects of elevated temperature on tool seals and port seal crossings. The unit also constructs special pressure testing chambers.

Carrollton Technology Center

For years, this center has developed a steady stream of innovative oil industry products, evidenced by over 1,300 U.S. patents issued and numerous engineering innovation awards. High temperature and deep well simulator facilities are included within the center and used to test experimental designs for HP/HT wells.

The High Temperature Test Facility has five below-ground heated test cells and one rapid cool down cell. Each test cell is designed to accommodate assemblies up to 30 ft (9 m) and 30 in (762 mm) in diameter and has a temperature range up to 700°F (371°C). The device undergoing testing receives uniform heated air to simulate severe temperatures downhole. The rapid cool down test cell employs a self-contained chiller unit capable of cooling to 32°F (0°C).

A below-ground test facility, the Deep Well Simulator is designed to accommodate long assemblies up to 63 ft (19 m), with temperatures up to 1,000°F (538°C). Inside the cell, the device undergoing testing receives uniformly heated air, allowing a range of temperatures and pressures found in many severe wells simulated.

Houston North Belt Technology Center

This facility includes an extensive Mechanical Test Laboratory and an HP/HT vessel rated to 500°F (260°C) and 40,000 psi. The High Temperature Flow Loop is rated to 446°F (230°C) and our Oven Farm currently has 20 chambers in service. To ensure operational reliability, Halliburton subjects all existing HP/HT tools to a specific temperature profile, which includes operational tests at 347°F (175°C) and non-operational soaking at 392°F (200°C).

This facility will be home to Project Victoria, an initiative to create ultra HP/HT M/LWD tools for TOTAL's Victoria field in the North Sea. Scheduled to begin in 2010, Project Victoria will require tools to be rated to 446°F (230°C) and 30,000 psi. First to be developed are the directional probe, gamma ray sensor and pressure-while-drilling sensor. Halliburton is aiming to achieve tool survivability at 482°F (250°C) for the length of a 14-day bit run.

Jet Research Center (JRC)

Located on more than 800 acres in Alvarado, Texas, JRC's Explosive Products Center is a fully integrated research, engineering, testing and manufacturing plant that produces advanced perforating systems and specialty explosive devices for the oilfield, including shaped charge perforators, RF-protected detonators, tubing and casing cutters, severing tools and platform removal charges. JRC's premier technical staff includes a balance of engineers, designers and technicians who are among the most knowledgeable experts in the perforating industry. Their backgrounds range from doctoral and Master's level engineers to highly skilled explosive technicians-some with more than 25 years experience. Pressure Vessels and Thermal Ovens are available at the JRC to test explosive components and systems to conditions up to 30,000 psi (207 MPa) and 500°F (260°C). High-speed multichannel oscilloscopes, piezoelectric pins, ballistic pressure transducers and other specialty instrumentation are routinely used to conduct diagnostic experiments on explosive components and systems.

Singapore Manufacturing and Technology Center

Located in the Jurong industrial area in western Singapore, the 20,252-square-meter (218,000-square-foot) facility is the Company's second manufacturing facility in Singapore and is designed to support the growing demand for Sperry Drilling Services, Halliburton Wireline and Perforating Services and Security DBS Drill Bits tools worldwide.

The pioneering center produces sophisticated electronic sensors used in the Company's signature logging-while-drilling tools and openhole wireline logging services, and it serves as a repair and maintenance facility for drilling tools used throughout the region.