The cost and value of field, laboratory, and simulation data for validating scale inhibitor treatment models

Jose Alejandro Patroni Zavala, Eric James Mackay, Oscar Vazquez, Lorraine Scott Boak, Michael Singleton, Gill Ross

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    Abstract

    Scale formation presents a flow assurance challenge to the oil and gas industry. Scale inhibitor squeeze treatments are the most common method used to prevent scale deposition in subsurface applications. Software tools exist which are routinely used to assist with the challenges posed by scale. An important step in using predictive simulation models is validation. Validation requires the collection of field or laboratory data for comparison with the model predictions. The cost and value of various data
    required for designing scale inhibitor squeeze treatments with SQUEEZE VI has been assessed.

    The first stage of designing a scale inhibitor squeeze treatment is chemical selection. Corefloods are used to derive an inhibitor-rock interaction function called an isotherm. The possible consequence of terminating a coreflood too early has been demonstrated. An opportunity for reducing the man-hours required to derive an isotherm has been identified.

    The water production and injection profile in a well is valuable information which, when incorporated into a squeeze treatment model, improves the accuracy of the model’s prediction. Possible methods for obtaining this data have been reviewed. The consequences of modelling a squeeze treatment with the wrong flow profile have been demonstrated.

    After executing a squeeze treatment brine samples are collected and scale inhibitor concentrations are measured. This data is used to determine when the treatment should be repeated and to history match the squeeze treatment model. The cost per barrel of treated fluid may be reduced by collecting samples less frequently. The impact and risk of reducing the sampling frequency on the ability to predict a treatment’s lifetime is demonstrated. Lastly, the possible outcomes of reducing the
    sampling frequency on the ability to effectively history match a model are demonstrated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages1-21
    Number of pages21
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2008
    EventSPE International Oilfield Scale Conference - Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    Duration: 28 May 200829 May 2008

    Conference

    ConferenceSPE International Oilfield Scale Conference
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityAberdeen
    Period28/05/0829/05/08

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    Patroni Zavala, J. A., Mackay, E. J., Vazquez, O., Boak, L. S., Singleton, M., & Ross, G. (2008). The cost and value of field, laboratory, and simulation data for validating scale inhibitor treatment models. 1-21. Paper presented at SPE International Oilfield Scale Conference, Aberdeen, United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.2118/114106-MS