Clariant recently announced the inauguration of a new state-of-the-art laboratory at its facility in Midland, Texas. This capital investment will upgrade several key infrastructure elements of the operation centres. Most prominent is the laboratory, which is Clariant Oil Service’s fourth Regional Technical Laboratory in North America.
The laboratory will have 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 that will allow the firm’s chemical specialists to process around 7,000 lab samples per month.
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.
In addition to the 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. It will also augment the company’s service offerings to its customers in the fastest growing oil basin US.