Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Experimental Comparison of Three Scale Control Materials
by Cole, Kolade, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015, 62; 1592924
Abstract (Summary)

Scale control in oilfield operations is the intervention technique deployed to remove the assemblage of solid deposits from the surface of oil and gas well tubular and associated equipment. Common mineral scales that plague production operations are Barium Sulfate, Strontium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, and Iron Sulfide. Some of these scales can be dissolved with acid while others cannot. Barium Sulfate which is common at perforations and downstream of chokes is notorious for its resistance to chemical treatment because of its low acid solubility.

This study investigates the effect of different chemical inhibitors on Barium Sulfate scale. The tube blocking test is widely used to evaluate the efficiency of these chemical inhibitors. Although the principal method of investigation was the tube blocking apparatus, preliminary analysis and optimization were done using the static bottle test and a scale inhibitor performance prediction software called French Creek. The static bottle test was used as a screening method whereby ionic interaction between anionic, cationic and inhibitor solutions gave a clear difference in turbidity or otherwise. The French Creek interface allowed multiple iterations over a range of operating conditions and treatment options. A tube blocking apparatus was constructed to simulate the buildup of scale deposits in an oil pipeline. The set up was operated at pressure and temperature of 100psi and 90°C respectively. Of all the additives tested, phosphonate based chemical had the lowest minimum inhibitor concentration.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Guo, Boyun
Commitee: Boukadi, Fathi, Feng, Yin
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Petroleum Engineering
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Petroleum engineering
Keywords: Differential pressure, Dynamic scale loop test, French creek, Jar testing, Phosphonate based, Scale control
Publication Number: 1592924
ISBN: 9781321888706
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