Halliburton says it has officially opened its Advanced Perforating Flow Lab in Alvarado, where it studies ways to blast holes in rock containing oil or natural gas. The company says the facility can simulate reservoir conditions with pressures as high as 50,000 pounds per square inch and temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit. "We have the capability to reproduce the conditions we are going to find downhole, whether in deep water, unconventional resources or mature fields," said David Topping, vice president of Halliburton's wireline and perforating businesses. The lab is on the 800-acre campus of Halliburton's Jet Research Center, which it says it has operated for about 50 years.
-- Jim Fuquay