Jarrahian, Khosro (Heriot-Watt University) | Sorbie, Kenneth (Heriot-Watt University) | Singleton, Michael (Heriot-Watt University) | Boak, Lorraine (Heriot-Watt University) | Graham, Alexander (Heriot-Watt University)
Scale inhibitor (SI) squeeze treatments in carbonate reservoirs are often affected by the chemical reactivity between the SI and the carbonate mineral substrate. This chemical interaction may lead to a controlled precipitation of the SI through the formation of a sparingly soluble Ca/SI complex which can lead to an extended squeeze lifetime. However, the same interaction may in some cases lead to uncontrolled SI precipitation causing near-well formation damage in the treated zone. This paper presents a detailed study of the various retention mechanisms of SI in carbonate formations, considering system variables such as the (carbonate) formation mineralogy, the type of SI and the system conditions. Apparent adsorption (Γapp) experiments, described previously (
For all SIs, both adsorption (Γ) and precipitation (�?) retention mechanisms were observed, with the dominant mechanism depending on SI chemistry, temperature and mineralogy. Differences were observed between the "apparent adsorption" (Γapp) levels of polymeric, phosphonate and phosphate ester scale inhibitors, as follows: For the polymeric SIs (PPCA, PFC and VS-Co), the highest retention levels were observed at low pH for all carbonate substrates, due to the increase in divalent cations (Ca2+ and Mg2+) available from rock dissolution for SI-M2+ precipitation. For phosphonate (DETPMP) and phosphate ester (PAPE) SIs, the retention level was greatest at higher pH values, as the SI functional groups were more dissociated and hence available for complexation with M2+ ions. The polymeric VS-Co showed the lowest amount of precipitation (Γapp ~ 1.2 mg/g) in contact with dolomite substrate due to the presence of sulphonate groups (low pKa); indeed this showed low Γapp which was predominantly pure adsorption. However, a small amount of precipitate was observed by ESEM/EDX and PSA. For polymeric inhibitors, the retention level (Γapp) was highest on calcite (highest relative calcium content), followed by limestone and then dolomite. Phosphonate and phosphate ester SIs showed the highest retention levels on dolomite (higher final solution pH and more SI dissociated), followed by limestone and calcite. For all SI species, higher retention (more precipitation, �?) was observed at elevated temperature. At lower temperatures, a more extended region of pure adsorption was observed for all SIs.
For the polymeric SIs (PPCA, PFC and VS-Co), the highest retention levels were observed at low pH for all carbonate substrates, due to the increase in divalent cations (Ca2+ and Mg2+) available from rock dissolution for SI-M2+ precipitation. For phosphonate (DETPMP) and phosphate ester (PAPE) SIs, the retention level was greatest at higher pH values, as the SI functional groups were more dissociated and hence available for complexation with M2+ ions.
The polymeric VS-Co showed the lowest amount of precipitation (Γapp ~ 1.2 mg/g) in contact with dolomite substrate due to the presence of sulphonate groups (low pKa); indeed this showed low Γapp which was predominantly pure adsorption. However, a small amount of precipitate was observed by ESEM/EDX and PSA.
For polymeric inhibitors, the retention level (Γapp) was highest on calcite (highest relative calcium content), followed by limestone and then dolomite. Phosphonate and phosphate ester SIs showed the highest retention levels on dolomite (higher final solution pH and more SI dissociated), followed by limestone and calcite.
For all SI species, higher retention (more precipitation, �?) was observed at elevated temperature. At lower temperatures, a more extended region of pure adsorption was observed for all SIs.
The information presented in this study will help us in SI product selection for application of squeeze treatments with longer squeeze lifetimes in carbonate reservoir based on mineralogy and reservoir conditions. In addition, this study provides valuable data for validating models of the SI/Carbonate/Ca/Mg system which can be incorporated in squeeze design simulations.
Produced water composition analysis provides evidence of what geochemical reactions are taking place in the reservoir. This information can be useful for predicting and managing oilfield mineral scale resulting from brine supersaturation.
This paper presents results of a study of the produced brine compositions from three wells in a field operated in the North Sea, with geochemical modelling complementing the analysis. The findings presented in this work provide evidence of magnesium depletion and sulphate retardation in a sandstone reservoir at 130° C.
This adjusted formation water composition was then used for calculations of the injection water fraction in each of the produced water samples. The Reacting Ions Toolkit was used to plot data in a variety of formats, including ion concentration vs. ion concentration, ion concentration vs. injection water fraction and ion concentration vs. time to identify trends and to examine the extent of involvement of the various ions in geochemical reactions.
The breakthrough of sulphate, a component primarily introduced during seawater flooding, was retarded during injection water breakthrough. Observed sulphate concentrations were lower than predicted for the case of brine/brine interactions only. The implication of this sulphate reduction was lower minimum inhibitor concentration required to control scale formation and longer squeeze treatment lifetimes for the operator.
A brine/rock interaction mechanism was proposed that involves magnesium depletion and is reproduced in the reactive transport model. 1D reactive transport modelling was performed to match possible
The practice of squeeze treatments to oil/gas production wells to prevent inorganic scale formation has been applied for over 30 years and during that period different mechanisms to retain the inhibitor chemical have been evaluated. The simple mechanism of inhibitor retention, adsorption/desorption has been complemented over the years by enhanced adsorption via mutual solvent and full precipitation of the active inhibitor onto the mineral surface of the reservoir.
Previously published studies have shown that the retention of phosphonate scale inhibitors in sandstone reservoirs can be enhanced through the addition of a ‘squeeze life enhancer’. This chemical, typically, a highly charged, low molecular weight polymer can be applied in either the preflush or overflush stage of the scale squeeze treatment. To date these studies have been conducted using low temperature (85°C) sandpack testing.
This paper details the laboratory work carried out under high temperature (146°C) field conditions to qualify the use of the squeeze life enhancer for field application.
The results of the formation damage/inhibitor return corefloods using an MEA phosphonate (EABMPA, Ethanolaminebis(Methylene Phosphonic Acid)) and polymeric squeeze life enhancer additive are presented. The coreflood results indicated that the addition of the additive within the overflush stage of the squeeze program resulted in a 19% extension of the inhibitor lifetime. The ability to extend the squeeze treatment was translated into reduced injected squeeze fluid treatment volume as injected fluid volumes was an issue for the wells being treated and therefore reduced associated oil deferment costs.
The paper will also present field data obtained from the initial two field trial treatments which were carried out in a North Sea field. The trial well had been treated more than ten times previously with the same MEA phosphonate as applied in the enhancer trial making direct comparison of the treatment performance possible. The treatment program applied to the wells resulted in no change to the clean-up rates of the treated well and no process upset during well reflow. The initial scale inhibitor returns from the field trial treatments showed the expected improvement suggested from the coreflood study.
The study brings value to the industry by providing the process to follow for qualifying and trialling a new technology in a challenging high temperature scaling environment with the results from the field supporting the carefully designed chemical selection and evaluation program.
Polymeric scale inhibitors used for scale squeeze treatments to control downhole inorganic scale don't perform well when pumped into the reservoir due to the poor adsorption properties on the rock surface. However polymeric inhibitors are more temperature stable than phosphonates and have higher tolerance to elevated cation compositions in the water. Therefore, a new chemistry composed of metal nanoparticles coupled with a polymeric scale inhibitor was developed to improve the squeeze life.
The use of nanoparticles in the oilfield has increased in recent years; this development shows how nanoparticles can be used to increased surface area and retention of scale inhibitor in the reservoir. Metal nanoparticles were selected because of their low environmental toxicity and low formation damage potential during injection and flowback.
A fast and efficient synthesis method was developed to create a novel chemistry that couples nanoparticles with polymeric inhibitors to produce a product that it was hoped would have excellent squeeze properties in multiple rock permeabilities and compositions.
Core flood experiments were conducted on intact core under onshore Permian conditions of temperature pressure and brine composition as well as conditions simulating an offshore conventional field (results will be reported separately). The experimental results will be presented to show the extended squeeze lifetime of the new product in comparison to a traditional polymeric scale inhibitor retained by adsorption and also will give insight into the mechanisms by which the nanoparticle/scale inhibitor enhances squeeze life, both by increased adsorption as well as prolonging release of scale inhibitor.
The product developed is able to significantly increase the squeeze life of polymeric scale inhibitors by up to 10x depending on the minimum inhibitor concentration required. The retention of the inhibitor into the rock is significantly increased, while the release is controlled at above minimum effective concentration for extended periods. The theoretic explanation for this is a metal-inhibitor bond, proprietary to the product that allows for continuous release of inhibitor into the solution, without release from the rock. Traditional squeeze returns have a Freundlich isotherm, this product also follows a similar return curve, however does not suffer from the high concentration release at the beginning of the treatment flowback.
These results show that nanoparticles can be used in the oilfield to enhance existing scale inhibitors as well as create new combination products that can improve performance. Use on nanoparticles in the oilfield is an evolving topic that has significant room to grow and expand into multiple areas of oilfield chemistry. This study showcases the application of nanoparticles to enhance performance of polymeric scale inhibitors for squeeze application while maintaining a cost effective product that is environmental responsible.
Lu, Cong (Southwest Petroleum University) | Li, Junfeng (Southwest Petroleum University) | Luo, Yang (SINOPEC Southwest Oil & Gas field Company) | Chen, Chi (Southwest Petroleum University) | Xiao, Yongjun (Sichuan Changning Gas Development Co. Ltd) | Liu, Wang (Sichuan Changning Gas Development Co. Ltd) | Lu, Hongguang (Huayou Group Company Oilfied Chemistry Company of Southwest) | Guo, Jianchun (Southwest Petroleum University)
Temporary plugging during fracturing operation has become an efficient method to create complex fracture network in tight reservoirs with natural fractures. Accurate prediction of network propagation process plays a critical role in the plugging and fracturing parameters optimization. In this paper, the interaction between one single hydraulic fracture within temporary plugging segment and multiple natural fractures was simulated using a complex fracture development model. A new opening criterion for NF penetrated by non-orthogonal HF already was implemented to identify the dominate propagation direction of HF under plugging condition. Fracture displacements and induced stress field were determined by the three dimensional displacement discontinuity method, and the Gauss-Jordan and Levenberg-Marquardt methods were combined to handle the coupling between rock mechanics and fluid flow numerically. Numerical results demonstrate that the opening and development of NF are mainly dominated by its approaching angle and relative location. For a certain NF crossed by HF within plugging segment, HF tends to propagate along the relative upper part when the approaching angle is less than 90°, otherwise the lower part will be easier to open. The farther interaction position is away from HF tip, the easier NF with approaching angle less than 30° or larger than 150° can be open, and the outcome will be opposite if the approaching angle is larger than 45° or less than 135°. Higher approaching angle and plugging strength is necessary for expanding the position scope of NF that can be opened around HF. Under the impact of plugging, fluid pressure in HF plummets at the beginning of NF opening and keeps decreasing until NF extending for a certain distance or encountering secondary NFs. Fluid pressure drop occurs mainly in the unturned NF, together with the width of unturned NF is significantly lower than that of turned NF and HF. Sensitivity analysis shows that the main factors, such as geometry, aperture profile, and fluid pressure distribution, affecting the network progress under temporary plugging condition are the horizontal differential stress, NF position, approaching angle, plugging time, and plugging segment length. The simulation results provide critical insight into complex fracture propagation progress under temporary plugging condition, which should serve as guidelines for welling choosing and plugging optimization in temporary plugging fracturing.
Nielsen, Julie (The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre, Technical University of Denmark) | Poulsen, Kristoffer G. (Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen) | Christensen, Jan H. (Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen) | Solling, Theis I. (Center for Integrative Petroleum Research, College of Petroleum Engineering & Geoscience, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals)
Mature fields often times surprise with respect to the production from the various wells across reservoir sections. This is for example the case in a tight chalk field that we have used as a case study for newly developed technique that employs oil finger printing in the analysis of production data. A small subset of wells has been found to produce significantly better than the remainder and we set out to explore whether the root cause is that there is a connection to higher lying reservoir sections through natural or artificial fractures. This was done with advanced analytical chemistry (GC-MS) and a principal component analysis to map differences between key constituents of the oil from wells across the reservoir section. The comparative parameters are mainly derived from biomarker properties but we also developed a way to directly include production numbers. The approach provides means to correlate the molecular properties of the oil with the production and the general composition that determines density and adhesive (to the rock) properties. Thus, the results provide a new angle on the flow properties of the oil and on the charging history of the reservoir. It is clear from the analysis that the subset of wells does not produce better because of a connection to an upper reservoir section that contributes to the production with oil of a different composition because the molecular mix is indeed quite similar in each of the investigated wells. It is not possible to rule out that there is a connection to an upper-lying section with oil from the same source. One aspect that does differs across the field is the ratio of heavy versus light molecules within each group of molecules and the results show that the region that produce better has the lighter components. We take that to indicate that the lighter components come from oil that flows better and thus is produced more easily. The reservoir section with the lighter oil also lies higher on the structure and is therefore must likely to have been charged first so part of the favorable production seems to be a matter of "first in" "first out". A GC-MS approach such as the one proposed here is cost-effective, fast and highly promising for future predictions on where to perform infill campaigns because the results are indicative of charging history and flow properties of the oil.
The newly formed independent producer will operate assets in UK, the Netherlands, Norway, and Denmark. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is to speak at the opening plenary session at SPE Offshore Europe 2017, which is being held in Aberdeen from 5–8 September. CEO Bob Dudley, who calls BP’s UK North Sea business one of its “crown jewels”, will address hundreds of delegates at the opening plenary session at Europe’s foremost exploration and production technical conference and exhibition. Following years of deliberation, the European Union (EU) released a recommendation on unconventional hydrocarbons and a related communication in 2014. This paper traces the origins and development of these documents, which provide vital clues for the road ahead in European shale-gas regulation.
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This paper discusses a project with the objective of leveraging prestack and poststack seismic data in order to reconstruct 3D images of thin, discontinuous, oil-filled packstone pay facies of the Upper and Lower Wolfcamp formation. This paper describes interpretation results of a 4D seismic-monitoring program in a challenging Middle East carbonate reservoir. Electromagnetic images can show where water flows during a hydraulic fracture. A test in the Anadarko Basin showed a fault there was a bigger hazard than expected. Using drilling data and a downhole acoustic signal, developers aim to assess unconventional fracture networks in real time and give engineers ability to customize each stage.