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Schlumberger has released the Maze microfluidic SARA analysis for reservoir fluids characterization, which is the industry’s first commercial application of microfluidic analysis technology. The technology fully automates the process for testing oil samples for saturates, aromatics, resins and asphaltenes (SARA), coupling novel microfluidic technology with spectroscopy. This method eliminates human subjectivity, enabling precise SARA measurements, while decreasing turnaround time and use of chemicals by more than 85%. Results from the Maze microfluidic SARA analysis have industry-wide applications, including validating oil samples prior to PVT analysis, understanding physical and refining properties, assessing crude oil value and supporting flow assurance and geochemical studies.

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