The Petroleum Research Center offers scientific projects and services aimed at satisfying the needs and expectations of the petroleum industry and provides timely information to clients and society in general.

Research and development projects:

-Exploration-production of oil and gas.
-Rational and comprehensive use of national crude.
-Environmental Protection.
-Corrosion and bioremediation.
-Assimilation of surfactants, additives and technological emulsions.
-Combustion engine.
-Industrial oils.
-JC-2 corrosion inhibitor.

Technical services:

Green services and solutions:

The Corrosion Laboratory has been accredited since 2004 by the NC ISO / IEC 17025: 06 Standard. It has researchers with more than 30 years of experience, executes research projects all related to corrosion control in the oil and electrical industry (refineries, drilling and extraction companies, thermoelectric plants).

It has 6 accredited tests, including electrochemical, gravimetric and metallography in order to:

-Determine the causes of failures caused by corrosion phenomena in the different branches of the country’s industries, in order to give recommendations for repairs, as well as provide preventive measures to avoid their occurrence.
-Determine the corrosivity of different aggressive media in contact with the metallic structures of both industrial and civil facilities: atmosphere, water, soil, industrial media, etc.
-Evaluate and recommend the dosage form of corrosion inhibitor products.
-Evaluate the quality of metals and alloys through their structural study, chemical composition and mechanical properties, for the selection of suitable materials in different media.
-Execute projects for cathodic protection systems in maritime, underground and industrial facilities.
-They carry out inspections and tests on pipelines such as: corrosivity of soils, parasitic currents, electrical influences by high voltage lines, detect activity of microorganisms that cause anaerobic corrosion, continuous recording of potentials, opinions on the operation of cathodic protection systems, and designs thereof.

Catalysis Services:

-Characterization of catalysts, adsorbents and porous solids in general.
-Specialized service of analysis of cracking catalysts (FCC) in equilibrium.
-Evaluation of the catalytic activity and absorptive capacity of catalysts and adsorbents used in the petroleum and chemical refining industry.
-Experimental Catalyst Plant: The experimental catalyst production plant is designed for the production of prototypes of catalysts that have been developed in the Unit. Additionally, tests are carried out in this plant in a pressure bench reactor of catalyst samples from industrial service work or that are in the development phase.
-Certification of the quality of crude oil: fuel, basic oils, transformer oils.
-Characterization “ASSAY” of crude: complete program, medium complexity, reduced program.
-Selection of the most appropriate oil refining schemes for the production of: fuels, lubricants, mixed.
-Effectiveness studies of chemical agents.
-Combustion enhancers.
-System stabilizers.
-Optimization and use of Simulators.
-Solution for unit bottle necks.
-Optimization of industrial processes.

Catalysis Products:

-C CPC-8 combustion promoter catalyst for FCC catalytic cracking.
-Nickel-Ceramic catalyst for steam reforming of naphtha in the generation of urban gas.
-Catalyst for the dissociation of ammonia CDA-3 in the regeneration of reducing atmosphere for steelworks and capillary welding systems.

Production Services:

-Integrated reservoir studies (static and numerical reservoir models).
-Development of deposit exploitation policies.
-Application and development of RMP methods.
-Calculation of reserves and updating due to production decline and / or numerical simulation of deposits.
-Design and interpretation of hydrodynamic investigations.
-Digitalization and interpretation of geophysical records.
-Integral petrophysical studies.
-Rock-fluid interaction studies.
-Physical simulation studies in porous media.
-Design of formulations for cementing wells.
-Analysis of the quality of cement and additives.
-Studies of drilling muds, evaluation and supervision of mud services.
-Evaluation of complexities, inhibited fluids and cements suitable for drilling wells.
-Formulation design for well stimulation.
-Evaluation and application of programs from treatments to wells.
-Evaluation and development of technologies to increase production.
-Studies of damage to training.

Refining Services:

-Gas plants.
-Distillation plants.
-Distribution networks.
-Definition of the potential of the petroleum products in production of:
-Solvents for different uses.
-Fuels (distillates and residuals, turbo jet).
-Basic oils and special oils.

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    The structure of the refining system that CUPET has is aimed at guaranteeing the supply of the national demand for petroleum derivatives.

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    Trade and Supply

    Complex logistics system throughout the national territory that works through a fleet of rented vessels and railways to move large volumes and has a fleet of tanker trucks that transport fuels to the different bases.