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Fusion has an active R&D program that is constantly fine tuning our products for both performance and cost improvements. Furthermore, Fusion is developing novel alternative chemistries to conventional down-hole stimulation systems such as: paraffin inhibition, clay stabilization, hydrogel development, microbial influenced corrosion mitigation, clogged well mitigation issues.

Fusion works closely with its industrial partners during project development, ensuring that technologies address client needs and improve their bottom line. Furthermore, Fusion collaborates with academic research organizations for projects where their expertise is superior to Fusion’s and such a relationship can expedite technology development.

 

Technology Development Methodologies:

  • Fusion uses “technology readiness levels” to add discipline in developing a technology.
  • Technologies graduate from conception, through increasingly more stringent laboratory tests, into relevant field trials, and finally to the level of commercial readiness where it is marketed to the entire industry.

Initial Results:

  • Fusion has developed a novel chemical formulation for dissolving stuck downhole fracturing tools.
    This technology, known as CupBuster™ dissolves the packer cups of fracking tools that have become stuck in a wellbore. The solution dissolves only the cup, leaving the metal tool itself and the casing undamaged. Furthermore, dense emulsions with formation oil does not occur so subsequent productivity is undisturbed.
  • Fusion is collaborating with external R&D departments to develop a field kit for characterizing microbial DNA in the field.
    This will aid operators and other service providers to make real-time decisions about the bacteria in their wells and whether a biocide may be required.
  • Fusion is also developing novel aqueous based fracturing gels that may replace conventional guar systems.
  • Paraffin inhibition continues to be an area of ongoing R&D.
    Fusion is exploring liquid and solid state inhibitors in this area.
  • Novel clay control development is also an area of active research.