Developments in wireline-conveyed fluid analysis are motivated by the growing diversity of resource types and field environments in which our clients operate, as well as the possibilities growing out of the emergence of new technologies.

Clients encounter a wide spectrum of reservoir fluid types from dry gas to heavy oil, varied physico-chemical characteristics (sour, waxy, asphaltenic, biodegraded, volatile/critical, BTX-rich), range of drilling and completion fluids which mix with the native reservoir fluids (water-based, oil-based, latter as either natural petroleum distillates or synthetic oils), field context (conventional/unconventional, land/platform/subsea, and associated pressure and temperature conditions, including HPHT), and field development stages (exploration, development, production, the latter in primary, secondary, or tertiary recovery).

In this paper we describe how by use of advanced deployment and sensing technologies, data processing and interpretation methods, and information technology infrastructure, the service industry is able to address the fundamental challenges arising from the diversity of field and fluid contexts enumerated above. Areas undergoing active investigation are also briefly described.

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