Institute of Petroleum Engineering

Experimental Services



The laboratories at the Centre for Gas Hydrate Research are equipped with a number of state-of-the-art test facilities. Part of the time on the experimental equipment is available for external research and technical studies. The experimental equipment can be used for measuring:

  • Hydrate stability zone of gas and oil systems in the presence condensed water, formation water and/or organic inhibitors
  • Amount and composition of hydrates (and other phases) at various operating conditions
  • Wax Appearance Temperatures (WAT) and Wax Disappearance Temperatures (WDT) of dead or live reservoir fluids
  • Kinetics of hydrate formation and dissociation
  • Freezing points of aqueous solutions of organic inhibitors and/or electrolytes
  • Boiling points of aqueous solutions of organic inhibitors and/or electrolytes
  • Solubility and salting out of electrolytes in aqueous solutions of organic inhibitors
  • Visual observations of hydrate formation and dissociation under bulk conditions as well as in porous media
  • Effectiveness of low dosage hydrate inhibitors (LDHIs) in sinulated pipeline scenarios

The Centre has provided technical support in solving gas hydrate problems to a number of major hydrocarbon production and support companies, including: Shell, Elf, BP, British Gas, Lasmo, Marathon, Baker-Hughes Inteq, E. Wood Ltd, Costain, CMPT, CMS Ltd, Genesis Oil and Gas.

If you are interested in the work of the Centre, or wish to be involved in a project, please contact the Principal Investigator and Research Director, Prof. Bahman Tohidi.