The Petroleum Engineering Department provides key laboratory data for reservoir optimization. It provides technical consultation studies services relating to formation evaluation, reservoir characterization, reservoir simulation and well performance evaluation.

Services & Studies

Core Laboratories

Conventional Core Analysis (CCA) Lab:
In this laboratory, specialists who have good experience in this field do the following work:

Sample Preparation includes

  • Drilling and cutting (or whole sample).
  • Sample numbering, cleaning with solvent and drying.

Full diameter core analysis

  • Porosity and grain density.
  • Horizontal air permeability Kmax, 90 degrees.
  • Vertical air permeability.

Plug sample core analysis

  • Porosity and grain density.
  • Horizontal and Vertical air permeability.
  • Horizontal and vertical air permeability including Klinkenberg corrections.
  • Fluid saturation by Dean Stark or by Retort method.
  • Digital probe parameter to measure permeability on full diameter of slabbed core.

Special Core Analysis (SCAL) Lab

  • Mercury injection capillary pressure (multi points).
  • Mercury injection capillary pressure drainage & imbibition.
  • Mercury injection capillary high pressure (up to 60,000 psi).
  • Porous plate cell capillary pressure air-water or oil -water multi point at ambient conditions.
  • Capillary pressure air-water or oil -water by using centrifuge.
  • Formation resistivity factor at ambient conditions. Formation resistivity factor at overburden pressure.
  • Resistivity index at ambient conditions.
  • Liquid permeability measurements at ambient conditions.
  • Clay swelling and fine movements.
  • Evaluation of critical velocity.
  • Relative permeability unsteady state at ambient conditions.
  • Relative permeability unsteady state at reservoir conditions.
  • Water flood test at ambient conditions.
  • Amott Wettability (imbibition and dynamic displacement).
  • Porosity and permeability as a function of overburden pressure.
  • Rock compressibility.
Reservoir Fluid Laboratories

Reservoir Fluid Section consists of two main laboratories (PVT and EOR laboratories) which are managed and staffed by highly trained and experienced personnel operating under strict safety and quality guidelines.

Routine PVT Studies normally cover the following laboratory tests :

Black oil PVT studies

  • Rigorous validity assessment of submitted downhole or surface samples.
  • Selection of the most suitable sample(s) for PVT study.
  • Reservoir fluid composition.
  • Physical recombination (if separator samples).
  • Constant Composition Expansion (CCE).
  • Differential Liberation (DL).
  • Viscosity measurements.
  • Separator tests.

Gas Condensate PVT studies

  • Constant Composition Expansion (CCE)
  • Constant Volume Depletion (CVD)
  • it is important to carry out the validation of the samples before performing the reservoir study.
  • The validation process depends on the type of sample collected, i.e. whether they are bottom hole, wellhead or separator samples.

EOR Studies

  • Minimum Miscibility Pressure (MMP)
  • Minimum Miscibility Composition (MMC)
  • Swelling tests single contact gas injection
  • Determination of mixture saturation pressure and volume
Drilling Fluids Laboratory

In this laboratory, specialists perform the following tests :

  • Evaluation of Mud Properties
  • Evaluation of Bentonites.
  • Evaluation of drilling fluid additives.


  • Capillary and Electrical Properties at OBP
  • Rock Mechanics System (RTR-1000)
  • Resistivity Index by Continuous Injection
  • Linear X-Ray Scanning System (LXRS-400)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR Coring)
  • HPHT Filter Press
  • Minimum miscibility Pressure System, (MMP)
  • Rolling Ball Viscometer
  • PVT Phase Behavior
  • Equilibrium Flash Separator
  • Retort Kit
  • Formation Damage System (FDS-800)