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Canada Halliburton to suspend cementing operations in Alberta

01:10  04 december  2019
01:10  04 december  2019 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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Halliburton , originated oilfield cementing , is the world's premiere oilwell well cementing company. Halliburton 's cementing services offer proven solutions for every Successful primary cementing operations result in a cement sheath to bond and support casing and provide zonal isolation.

Halliburton Company is an American multinational corporation. One of the world's largest oil field service companies, it has operations in more than 70 countries.

a large red sign with white letters: Halliburton has operated in Alberta since 1926.© Dean Bicknell Halliburton has operated in Alberta since 1926.

A multinational corporation that has operated cementing services in Alberta for close to a century plans to shut down that work in western Canada by the end of the month.

Halliburton, an oil field service company headquartered in Texas, says it is suspending its cementing product service line at the conclusion of 2019.

“We made this difficult decision because we do not foresee the ability for the product line to provide a sufficient rate of return. We will continue to provide specialty-cementing solutions, blends and chemical additives to our customers that require our proprietary products and processes,” the company said in an emailed statement.

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Halliburton has designed SentinelCem™ cement specifically to cure losses and enable further drilling. Losses range from seepage to complete; the financial impact involves non-productive time, remedial operations expenses, and material-replacement costs.

Furthering the pursuit of delivering wellbore integrity, Halliburton invested two years and significant resources in developing the most advanced analytical tool in the industry, iCem® Service. iCem Service is operated by Halliburton -certified technical professionals globally, iCem service evaluates

“All of our other product lines that are currently working in Canada are still operating.”

Halliburton has operated its cementing division in Alberta since 1926, when founder Erle P. Halliburton sent his brothers George and Paul to Turner Valley to start the Oilwell Cementing Company, a spokesperson stated.

It currently operates its cementing service line in Calgary, Red Deer, Whitecourt and Grande Prairie.

The company said it was “not going into specific employee information,” when asked how many workers in Alberta could be laid off.

Halliburton’s cementing operations date back to 1919, specializing in oil, gas, geothermal, offshore and hydrate wells, the company states on its website .

It has more than 105 cement laboratories throughout the world.

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Another Halliburton cement test, carried out about a week before the blowout of the well on April 20, also found the mixture to be unstable, meaning it was unlikely to set properly in the well, but those findings were never sent to BP, Mr. Bartlit found after reviewing previously undisclosed documents.

Self-Healing Cement – Halliburton offers a class of expanding cement that works on the premise that the migrating fluids react with the cement , causing it to respond by Squeeze Cementing – An operation involving the injection of cement into a problematic section of the well at a desired location.

In a publication earlier this year celebrating its 100 anniversary, the company stated that it has about 1,500 employees in 30 offices across Canada.

“We’ve had to find a way to differentiate ourselves by reducing internal costs and improving efficiency. The only way we’re going to be able to win work is to be able to save our customers money,” Halliburton Canada vice-president John Gorman stated in the publication, which discusses the economic and political challenges that Halliburton faces today.

“If customers can’t reduce costs, they’re not working and neither are we. It’s been a forced new normal.”

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