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Halliburton Opens Laboratory in Norway

Halliburton expands swellable elastomer research and development lab to establish a Swell Technology Product center of excellence

STAVANGER, Norway – Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) has taken steps to continue delivering the next generation of innovative Swell Technology™ products with the opening of its improved research and development laboratory in Stavanger, Norway. The growing complexity of well designs in harsher environments has increased the need for Swell Technology products. The expanded 8,000-square-foot laboratory, one of Halliburton’s centers of excellence, will triple the company’s capacity to design, test and qualify new swellable-technology products.

“As operators demand the reliability offered with Swell Technology systems to solve their particular zonal-isolation issues, this lab is critical for us to keep pace with the growing need,” said Halliburton’s Jorunn Saetre, area vice president, Scandinavia. “In this center, we are consolidating key personnel for optimum collaboration between product management, global technical support teams and research scientists.”

In addition, the laboratory is designed to expand upon Halliburton’s collaboration with its customers during the design, testing and qualifying stage. As recovery environments become more challenging, the need for testing facilities – where equipment designs and running procedures can be evaluated – becomes a requirement. Remote observation and office areas are available to accommodate the customers’ needs for collaboration on, and evaluation of, the technology. The lab is also designed for proof-of-concept testing.

David King, president of Halliburton’s Completion and Production Division, said: “The next trillion barrels of oil will be more costly and difficult to access and in smaller accumulations. Halliburton is committed to providing operators with solutions to mitigate risk and simplify complex completions. With this new laboratory in place, we have the ability to help our customers meet global energy demand.”

Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With more than 50,000 employees in approximately 70 countries, the company serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the life cycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production through the life of the field. Visit the company's Web site at