Placement using viscosified non-Newtonian scale-inhibitor slugs: The effect of shear thinning

K. S. Serbie*, E. J. Mackay, I. R. Collins, R. Wat

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Reservoir formations are often very heterogeneous and fluid flow is strongly determined by their permeability structure. Thus, when a scale inhibitor (SI) slug is injected into the formation in a squeeze treatment, fluid placement is an important issue. To design successful squeeze treatments, we wish to control where the fluid package is placed in the nearwell reservoir formation. In recent work1, we went "back to basics" on the issue of viscous SI slug placement. That is, we re-derived the analytical expressions that describe placement in linear and radial layered systems for unit mobility and viscous fluids. Although these equations are quite well known, we applied them in a novel manner to describe scale inhibitor placement. We also demonstrated the implications of these equations on how we should analyse placement both in the laboratory and by numerical modelling before we apply a scale inhibitor squeeze. An analysis of viscosified SI applications for linear and radial systems was presented both with and without crossflow between the reservoir layers. In this previous work, we assumed that the fluid being used to viscosify the SI slug was Newtonian1. However, the question has been raised concerning what the effect would be if a non-Newtonian fluid was used instead. We mainly consider the effect of shear thinning although our analysis is generally applicable if the non-Newtonian flow rate/effective viscosity function is known. We address the questions: (i) Does the shear thinning behaviour result in more placement into the higher or lower permeability layer (in addition to the effect of simple viscosification)? (ii) Can the shear thinning effect be used to design improved squeeze treatment?

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event8th SPE International Oilfield Scale Symposium 2006 - Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 May 20061 Jun 2006


Conference8th SPE International Oilfield Scale Symposium 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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