Increasing water cut in oil-producing zones is a common issue, particularly in mature fields. Currently, most decisions are governed by economics, and incurring additional expenses, such as handling produced water, is undesirable. Depending upon the source of the water production, chemical isolation provides one effective solution to this issue.

This paper describes a cost-effective coiled tubing (CT) intervention to implement permanent zonal isolation for water shutoff using an organically crosslinked polymer (OCP) sealant system and a modified organically crosslinked polymer (m-OCP) sealant system to provide a controlled, shallow penetration solution to the problem in a high-permeability, low-pressure reservoir.

The traditional water shutoff method uses rig intervention for cement squeezes, which targeting shallow penetration can be time consuming and expensive in a high-permeability, low-pressure reservoir.

The OCP sealant system is an organically crosslinked polymer that is thermally activated to effectively seal the targeted interval. The m-OCP sealant system combines particulates with the OCP sealant system to provide leakoff control to help promote shallow matrix penetration.

The production logging tool (PLT) data for the candidate well indicated that the maximum water cut originated from the lower perforations and a single zone. CT intervention was selected to accurately place the OCP and m-OCP sealant systems and to permanently block water production by creating polymer barriers inside the reservoir and to remove any remaining OCP/m-OCP from the wellbore.

OCP and m-OCP are resistant to acid and H2S and provide the required radial penetration. This system provides a predictable and controlled set time (as shown by laboratory testing). Because this system does not develop compressive strength, a simplified cleanout with a jetting nozzle is required to wash it from the well.

After completing the zonal isolation with the OCP sealant system, the pressure test for the zone indicated a good seal. An electric submersible pump (ESP) was run on the completion string, and initial test results showed that the water cut was reduced from 97 to 75%, and oil production increased from 175 to 300 bpd. Increased production will recover all intervention and chemical costs within 20 days.

The polymer sealant system with the customized intervention solution successfully reduced the water cut for this west Kuwait field. The same approach can be applied to other similar fields worldwide.

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