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Well calibration and training facilities

A well drilled to 900 metres for testing new down-hole tools, calibrating field equipment and training staff and students on new deployment methods for field operations.

Well calibration and training facilities

The new NGL well calibration and training facility is a unique training well and equipment facility designed to test and calibrate geophysics and other scientific equipment.

The well will be 900m deep and 150mm in diameter. It will be fibreglass-lined so that it doesn’t interfere with electronic or electromagnetic equipment.

This facility will be exceptionally useful and will provide a facility which is characterised; with measurements which are standard, to be able to re-test and calibrate equipment, as well as being able to test and configure equipment prior to deployment.

As access to sites is often so restricted, there is no opportunity for trialling the equipment. In addition, there are significant costs that would be associated with using a borehole elsewhere, so the ability to have a test well and all the corresponding equipment so close to the researchers is a huge advantage.

CCS applications

The training well assists with testing and calibrating tools, including NGL’s down-hole infrastructure and geophysics equipment, prior to deployment in the field. This can result in significant time and cost savings for projects, especially when windows of opportunity are limited such as experiments conducted with landholders.

It will also provide opportunities for researchers and students to experiment with innovative techniques specific to CCS to help make it commercially-viable.

Other applications

The rock characterisation facilities are also useful for analysis in the following fields:

  • Oil and gas including oil field stability
  • Mining
  • Sand production prediction

Example Equipment

  • Autonomous triaxial stress cell (ATC)
  • Two True triaxial cell (TTSC) (one for sandstones, one for shales)
  • Medical CT scanner
  • Laser Ramen microspectrometer
  • Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer
  • Nanoindenter
  • NMR core holder
  • Geochemical reactor
Australian Government Department of Education CSIRO The University of Western Australia Curtin University Western Australian Energy Research Alliance