We provide resin-based sealing solutions for leaking wells which is customized and engineered for each unique well. Our approach is developed and perfected over twenty years in several hundred wells all over the world. In Wellcem, we take pride in our engineering and delivery of custom sealing solution for your well
Wellcem is serving oil and gas operators and service companies who need to seal and secure their wells, due to various well integrity challenges. Wellcem has a unique sealing solution and delivery methodology.
The best alternative material found is a thermoset polymer material. This was the conclusion of a major research program at The Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1975. The task aimed at finding a better material than the traditional cement for oil and gas well.
The benefits with the thermoset resin solution have thereafter been continuously developed and refined as the experience and global use in more and more applications has taken place.
The material focus was important in the first years building on the projects to find better sealing solutions. Following this, the focus to be able to manufacture and deliver a commercial solution was important. Further refinement to regulate curing time at different temperatures and understand limitation was important.
In 2017 and 2018 a company restructuring took place both in terms of competency, resources and business model. One key focus was to further elevate the engineering of a solution which contained deep understanding of the well challenges. The solution further requires the material science competence to find a tailor-made solution for each well which finally needs robust methodologies to place or spot the liquid solution where the solution is required in the well.
Wellcem’s core competency is made up of two parts:
Our operations team with several project engineers, mostly with advanced degrees in petroleum engineering and with many years of experience in well operations, well construction and well interventions and how to utilize our resin system to solve well leakage problems.
These guys understand wells and the problems you may have.
Our R&D chemistry team consist of several graduate chemical engineers and some with PhDs that have worked many years with our resin systems to optimize properties in all kind of different downhole conditions, fine tuning setting times, viscosity, density and other important parameters. Checking compatibilities with various fluids.
They have all unique and intimate knowledge of what our resin can and cannot do.
Wellcem's concerted core competency is to combine these two teams' knowledges into unique and tailor-made solutions to solve exactly your problem.
Wellcem is committed to ensure the delivery of solutions and services that meets our customer expectations.
In fulfilling our business objectives, we fully recognize that the health and safety of our staff, contractors and everyone else who may be affected by our operations, is of the highest importance.
We aim to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals, avoid spills, and always strive to improve the way we conduct our business to ensure long term value to our clients and shareholders.
Wellcem has been ISO-9001 certified since 2012.
We are also registered in Achilles JQS, FPAL and EPIM JQS.
1971: Einar Dahl-Jørgensen embarked on a journey from Norway to pursue advanced studies in steel construction at Lehigh University in the USA.
1972: Successfully completed a summer development program focused on Polymer concrete, which led to his first publication as a co-author.
1973: Achieved first place in a prestigious student research competition for developing a polymer concrete solution specifically designed for bridge constructions.
1975: Upon returning to Norway, Jørgensen was appointed as an assistant professor at the Norwegian Institute of Technology. While the institute primarily focused on cement, he also pursued additional chemistry subjects that explored the mechanical properties of polymers.
1978: He became a member of SINTEF, Norway, which is one of Europe's leading independent research organizations dedicated to ongoing projects involving polymers in concrete solutions.
1985: Jørgensen was offered a new position at NTH (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), this time within the Petroleum division. This presented a significant opportunity for him to engage in a major program focused on discovering a revolutionary material that could surpass cement in its application within the oil and gas industry.
With this the direction was set!
The program's findings led to the remarkable discovery that a thermoset polymer material was the ultimate choice for this particular application.
1989: Dr. Jørgensen in his PhD further describes alternatives and concluded thermoset polymer materials were the best candidates.
1990: The newly founded SINTEF Petroleum research, hired Dr. Jørgensen and he brought with him two projects as a project manager.
This report outlines the progress made in developing a highly heat-resistant material specifically designed for use in wells with high temperatures and pressures (HPHT). The ongoing efforts resulted in the granting of a patent for this solution, which is now utilized also in HPHT oil wells.
This alternative material proved to be the catalyst for the development of the initial iterations of the ThermaSet solution. Extensive testing revealed that the curing time could be precisely controlled across a wide range of temperatures, and the low viscosity of the material made it easily pumpable at the rig site.
With all of this extensive background and expertise, the path was laid out for the establishment of a successful company.
1992: The company Brønnteknologiutvikling (BTU) was established with four former colleagues from the Petroleum Institute. The company's primary objective was to develop packers for oil wells and to scale up the ThermaSet resin solution from the laboratory to the market.
1994: The project received funding from the Norwegian Research Council, with a specific focus on developing the ThermaSet solution for the market. Additional funding partners included Statoil and Amerada Hess.
Following these achievements, Mr. Jørgensen took the helm as the managing director when the company WeCem AS was established.
A partnership was forged with Jotun Polymer, leading to further development and rigorous testing. As a result, the first commercial ThermaSet solution became a reality and was successfully patented.
2002: WeCem AS rebranded to Wellcem.