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Key Laboratories

We have  a number of key labs for theoretical research and technical innovation.

CNPC has 18 state-level key labs/research centers for theoretical research and technical innovation in oil and gas exploration and production, refining and chemicals, pipeline transportation, oilfield services, and unconventional resource development, etc.

2010 saw the preliminary completion of the State Engineering & Technology Center for CBM Development and Utilization, and the formal incorporation of the National Energy Administration's Shale Gas R&D (Test) Center and the R&D (Test) Center for Technologies and Equipment of Long-Distance Gas Pipelines. To further improve our R&D and innovative capabilities, we also set up a technical R&D center in Houston to engage more international talents in the research of basic issues and key technologies.

In 2011, we commenced construction of major laboratories for reservoir description, underground oil and gas storage, natural gas quality control, and energy metering, as well as test bases for CO2 flooding and storage, gas lifting, chemical catalysts, and high-performance synthetic materials. We also obtained state approval for the construction of the State Research Center on the Engineering Technology of Petroleum and Natural Gas Pipe Material and the National Energy R&D Center for LNG Technology.

In 2012, construction of the Key Lab of Underground Oil and Gas Storage proceeded as planned. The Pilot Test Base for Development of High-Sulfur-Content Gas Reservoirs was elevated to a state-level R&D (test) center.

In 2013, we pushed ahead with the construction of technology enablement platforms, resulting in enhanced lab/testing capabilities. Backed by our Southwest Oil and Gas Field Company, we set up a national R&D center to facilitate the development of high-sulfur-content gas reservoirs. Construction of our Houston research center proceeded well as planned, which will attract excellent international talents and further facilitate international cooperation in technology R&D.

In 2014, the national energy research center for tight oil and gas was set up based on CNPC’s RIPED, which will play a significant role in promoting technological progress in the exploration and production of such resources.

In 2015, our science and technology infrastructure platforms, including 18 of national level, played a more important role in supporting technological innovation. National Research Center for Oil and Gas Drilling Equipment was completed on schedule. The setup of two key laboratories, one for the control and treatment of petroleum and petrochemical pollutants and the other for material service behaviors and structure safety of petroleum pipes and equipment, was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

EOR Laboratory

The EOR Laboratory was among of China's first batch of 36 key laboratories. The lab was established in 2007, by consolidating the former key labs of Tertiary Oil Recovery, Reservoir Physics and Seepage, Reservoirs, and Geochemistry. The lab studies basic theory and applied technologies in reservoir characteristics and reservoir engineering, reservoir physical chemistry and seepage, EOR method, and hydrocarbon generation and resources.

Heavy Oil Processing Laboratory

The Heavy Oil Processing Laboratory focuses on the applied basic research of heavy oil processing (including viscous oil, atmospheric residue and vacuum residue) and research on technologies of converting heavy-oil to light fractions. The lab is specialized in the study of chemical composition and the structure of heavy oil, technologies for supercritical fluids extraction from residua, applied basis for heavy oil catalytic cracking, development and research of heavy oil slurry-bed hydrocracking technology, as well as the study of phase equilibrium in residua-containing systems.

Petroleum Tubular Engineering Laboratory (Laboratory for Mechanics and Environmental Behavior of Petroleum Tubular)

The Petroleum Tubular Engineering Laboratory is engaged in the applied basic research of petroleum tubular engineering technologies and research of proactive technologies. Its major fields of research and development include mechanical research of oil well casings and pipe string, mechanical research of transportation pipes and pipelines, research of pipe safety and integrity, failure diagnosis, forecasting and prevention of petroleum pipes, as well as anti-corrosion technologies.

Geophysical Prospecting Laboratory

The Geophysical Prospecting Laboratory is CNPC's important base for applied basic research and cutting-edge R&D of petroleum geophysics technology. Its major tasks include: proposing research subjects related to production practices, conducting proactive geophysical research and applied basic research for CNPC's overall benefit, and promoting the theoretical and technical progress of geophysical prospecting.

Well Logging Laboratory

The Well Logging Laboratory studies well logging mechanisms, as well as processing and interpretation methods for heterogeneous complex reservoirs. These include petrophysical mechanism experiments for heterogeneous complex reservoirs, well-logging evaluation methods for heterogeneous complex reservoirs, and the development of networked logging data processing, interpretation, and evaluation software systems.

Catalyzing Laboratory

The Catalyzing Laboratory is engaged basic research, applied basic research, and the development of new technologies and products in the field of hydrocarbon catalytic processing. It provides technical support to the long-term development and technology upgrading of CNPC's downstream enterprises in terms of catalytic cracking, catalytic hydrogenation, petrochemical catalyzing, catalytic polymerization of olefins, comprehensive utilization of natural gas and refinery gas, new catalytic materials, and chemical engineering and equipment.

Natural Gas Accumulation Laboratory

The Natural Gas Accumulation Laboratory consists of several professional labs for natural gas geochemistry, reservoir-cap layers, gas field development, CBM (Coal Bed Methane), etc. It has obtained great achievements in the theoretical research and the development of new experiment technologies on deep basin gas, super-pressure gas reservoirs, late accumulation mechanism of natural gas, accumulation patterns and efficient development of low-permeability gas reservoirs, and CBM accumulation.

Reservoir Reformation Laboratory

The Reservoir Reformation Laboratory is equipped with a tri-axis lithomechanics system, a test unit of proppant flow conductivity, a multi-function flow loop apparatus, etc. Its research is primarily targeted at reservoir hydro-fracturing engineering, hydro-fracturing mechanics, fracturing and acidizing materials, well test and comprehensive evalluation of reservoir reformation, high-energy gas fracturing stimulation mechanism, acidizing of carbonate reservoirs, etc.

HSE Laboratory

The HSE key laboratory has six branches in China University of Petroleum (Beijing), China University of Petroleum (East China), Xi’an University of Petroleum, Southwest Petroleum University, Yangtz University and Northeast Petroleum University, respectively. Main research fields of the HSE Key Laboratory are: equipment failure analysis and corrosion monitoring, safety and reliability of offshore petroleum equipment, industrial disaster prediction and prevention, safety monitoring during drilling operation, electrostatic protection, lightning protection, prevention of combustion and explosion, analysis and evaluation of dangerous chemicals, waste pollutant pathway and risk assessment, waste drilling fluid pollution control, treatment and recovery of oily sludge, treatment of high concentration organic residue, site pollution remediation, odontoma of occupational epidemiology, and control of occupational hazards.