Summary

It is common to produce some percentage of water during the oil‐extraction process. Conventionally, some water‐disposal wells are drilled in an oil field to inject these useless and hazardous waters. Mineral scale formation is a critical issue in water‐injection wells and may result in well plugging and an injection rate decrease in these wells. The two steps of mineral scale formation are scale precipitation and scale deposition.

Two main mechanisms of inorganic scale precipitation are incompatibility between injected water and reservoir formation water and changes in the thermodynamic state of injected water. The injectivity of the well decreases because of deposition of supersaturated precipitated scales through the well column and near‐wellboreregion.

Currently, limited research has been done to evaluate inorganic scale deposition, and most of the research is limited to calculation of total scaling by commercial software. In this study, the mineral scale precipitation is evaluated by software modeling and laboratory experiments in an Iranian oil field, and the effect of the scale deposition phenomenon is assessed on permeability impairment and injection rate decrease. One of the major novelties of this work is simulation of various scale‐deposition models by coupling MATLAB® software coding and a reservoir simulator. The accuracy of different deposition models is analyzed by comparing them with field data (real water‐injection well) and laboratory tests (coreflooding test). Finally, our simulation results show that a single deposition model could not exactly predict the scaling phenomena in the studied carbonate reservoir that is supersaturated with CaCO3 and CaSO4. It is recommended to improve the scale‐formation prediction with a mixed deposition model supported by reliable static/dynamic modeling and experimental analysis.

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