Clariant has opened its next High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) Laboratory in Houston, Texas – the energy capital of the United States. The location is key as the new facility will be the first of its kind supporting the Oil & Gas industry, offering new and sophisticated solutions for customers. This lab is part of a global Clariant initiative to expand HTE capabilities to all Clariant Business Units, including direct support for Oil Services in North America, the Asia Pacific region, Latin America, Africa and the North Sea.
HTE is an innovative approach and methodology where automated instrumentation, specialised software tools and alternative techniques are able to provide optimised formulations in a rapid timeframe. While it has been widely used in other industries for many years, Clariant is the first company to adopt this technology for the Oil & Gas industry as a standard tool.
„This is an exciting, and unique, new offering for the Oil & Gas industry, and, being in such close proximity to so many customers, means that we can offer superior, faster service,“ said Jonathan Wylde, Head of Innovation and Application Development Clariant Oil and Mining Services. „With our state-of-the-art equipment in the lab, advanced research concepts, and potential customization for specific projects, our researchers are now able to identify new formulations and synergistic blends for specific customer crudes, ultimately reducing the time to market for new products.“
As a new addition to the existing lab located at Clariant Oil Services Headquarters, Clariant specialist chemists and innovation experts are now able to utilise miniaturisation, parallelisation, intelligent design and enhanced analytics – all proven to increase efficiency and productivity. The facility will help to meet current and outstanding needs in the Oil & Gas industry, with special emphasis on pour point depressants, hydrate inhibitors, asphaltene inhibitors, corrosion inhibitors and scale inhibitors.