Research & Development

Sanjel Energy has two labs to service our client’s needs. Our permanent service lab in Grande Prairie is used to provide rapid testing on pilot and field blended cements designed for the complex Montney and Duvernay plays, while our Calgary lab and research facility has its finger on the pulse of the Canadian market and the unique complexity of your wells.

Our research and development efforts ensure that Sanjel Energy’s cementing blends and additive lines are continuously being enhanced in all areas such as well integrity and remedial solutions.

Operating within our 3,000 plus square foot Technology Center, Sanjel Energy researchers have direct access to a wide variety of advanced scientific and engineering equipment, including:

  1. a state of the art RTX-1000 Rock Mechanics System for the measurement of mechanical properties of cement,
  2. a thermal dilatometry system and a thermal constants analyzer for measuring the expansion and thermal property,
  3. a static light scattering particle sizer to understand and optimize mixed particle blends,
  4. a whole suite of equipment for the preparation and testing of cements, including:
    1. atmospheric and pressurized consistometers,
    2. static gel strength measurement,
    3. high temperature and pressure curing chambers,
    4. ultrasonic cement analyzers,
    5. fluid loss analyzers,
    6. rheometers,
    7. gas migration fluid measurement.

Our researchers collaborate with industry, government, and academia to develop innovative solutions that might not otherwise be possible.

Sanjel Energy Services the University of Alberta initiated a three-year NSERC assisted collaboration focused on how stress affects well behaviour. This study is quantifying the impact of stress-induced 3D fractures on cement integrity. The findings will provide a deeper understanding of how to optimize cementing technologies to address the root cause of integrity loss; deliver the best value solutions for improving long-term wellbore integrity; reduce occurrences of surface casing vent flows; and develop more effective remedial technologies. 

Previous collaborations have included working with research groups at the University of Alberta to develop and adapt novel analytical techniques to the oil and gas industry, cement analysis at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron facility in Saskatoon and developing new additives and products through close collaborations with industry suppliers.

This synergy of people, industry placement and commitment to technology enhancement ensures that Sanjel Energy is continually delivering innovative solutions proven to meet the unique complexity of your wells.