Lafarge has inaugurated its first R&D laboratory in Europe at Sagunto, Spain. The centre, which is the company’s second in the world after its US facility in Houston, will research the use of cement in oil and gas wells.
The laboratory will enable the company to carry out research under conditions of higher pressure, temperature and chemical agents that cement is subjected to at depths of 3000-5000m.
Apart from developing new cements, the laboratory will also play a part in meeting client requirements.
The Sagunto plant is one of the few that is certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to produce cements for oil and gas wells.