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Clariant Oil Services Provides Scale and Corrosion Management in Western USA

Benefits

  • Reduced number of well failures due to successful corrosion and scale management strategy
  • Increased well uptime, increased oil production, lowered workover costs
  • Reduction in overall chemical demand, eased logistics and cost savings due to continual optimization of the chemical treatment program

Background

For more than five years, Clariant Oil Services has treated several thousand wells on a lease in the western United States. Production occurs from about 5,000 rod-pumped wells, and the field extends over 500 square miles. Initially, very few wells were treated and failure rates were high, which required wells to be worked over; these workovers became the operator’s biggest Operational Expenditure (OPEX).

The root cause of flow failure was corrosion through tubing and rod failure. Calcium carbonate scale precipitation also led to tubing blockages and stuck rods. The logistical challenge of protecting so many wells led Clariant Oil Services to develop a strategy of transitioning from batch treatment to continuous treatment. This ensured a higher efficiency of chemical delivery and less logistical strain of managing the chemical application. Working with the operator, the major challenges of this project were found to be reducing the overall failure rates while still managing the chemical OPEX and ensuring the highest efficacy of chemical delivery.

Clariant Oil Services Solutions and Value Delivered

After extensive evaulation and collaboration, a strategy was adopted to ensure every new well was put on continuous corrosion inhibitor injection using CORRTREAT 7194. When monitoring showed a scale risk had developed, continuous injection began with the combined scale / corrosion inhibitor MULTITREAT 9220.

Concurrently, treatment of the older wells was switched to continuous treatment. In just 12 months, Clariant Oil Services was treating 3,000 wells by continuous injection. This has resulted in a 50%+ reduction in well failures, it has nearly doubled well uptime, and the operator has realized a cost savings of over US$300 million. 

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