The use of pressure transducers in petroleum exploration and research

The use of pressure transducers in petroleum exploration and research
Petroleum exploration is an expensive business. Those involved in it need every tool at their disposal to find as much oil as they can as quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

And when they find it, they need their extraction processes to also be optimal. They need to be able to extract oil in a thorough, methodical and timely fashion. And they need to be able to extract as much of it as possible.

As Validyne points out, when oil fields are first drilled, only about 15 per cent of the available oil actually makes it to the well bore. Because of the porous and permeable nature of the reservoir rock, the rest of it generally stays where it is.
But that’s not where the story ends. By employing secondary recovery techniques, the life of the oil field can be extended and more oil can be extracted. And through these techniques the profitability of the operation can be maximised.

One such secondary technique involves injecting natural gas into the reservoir rocks in which the oil is found. The subsequent pressure increase makes it possible to recover more oil from small pores in the rocks. Pressure transducers play an important role in the research into these techniques.
This research often involves the use of simulated reservoir rocks which are more uniform than real rocks and therefore better for lab testing purposes. And in such research, foam often replaces gas as the source of introduced pressure.

Bestech Australia’s pressure transducers offer precise measurements of the pressure changes in the ‘rocks’. Operating within a pressure range of 0 to 135 bar, they work by converting pressure applied on the sensing element into an electrical or digital signal.

Robust and small in size, they are ideal for applications where short electrical connections are required.

Bestech Australia offers a range of IECEx and ATEX certified pressure transducers, transmitters and pressure gages. Intrinsically safe and suitable for use in zones at risk of explosion, these products are manufactured to meet requirements for Class I Division 1 Zone 0 hazardous locations. They are recommended for use in petroleum/chemical process applications.

Click here to learn more about Bestech Australia’s differential pressure product offerings.

[1] P61 USB Pressure Transducer Used in Petroleum Research – http://validyne.com/blog/tag/oil-and-gas/

[1] P61 USB Pressure Transducer Used in Petroleum Research – http://validyne.com/blog/tag/usb-pressure-transducer/

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