HOUSTON -- Baker Hughes has opened Phase I of its new Center for Technology Innovation (CTI) in northwest Houston.
The CTI is designed to enable Baker Hughes research and engineering teams to achieve breakthroughs in technologies in four application areas:
– Deepwater wells
– Extreme high-pressure, high-temperature (HP/HT) applications
– Production optimization
– Large-diameter "big bore" completions.
The facility includes HP/HT test cells, research labs for materials, fluids, elastomers, composites and electronics, as well as prototype manufacturing capabilities.
According to the company, the CTI will advance Baker Hughes completion and production technologies by providing a synergistic environment for cross-collaboration between Baker Hughes divisions Baker Oil Tools, ProductionQuest, Baker Petrolite, and Centrilift. Approximately 575 scientists, application engineers, and laboratory technicians will conduct research, engineering, development, and testing at the facility.
Phase II of the CTI campus, consisting of additional office buildings and research facilities, is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.
"The CTI is a world class research and engineering center," says Chad Deaton, Baker Hughes chairman, president and CEO. "This $42 million investment demonstrates our company's commitment to developing new completion and production technologies. Innovations created and tested here will enable our customers to maximize recovery even in the most challenging environments."