Lead and Zinc sulphides have recently become a concern in some HP/HT gas fields.

The Elgin/Franklin Field (Central Graben North Sea), started production early 2001. The wells produce a condensate-rich gas from the Fulmar and Pentland reservoirs, with initial temperature of 200 degC and pressure of 1100 bar.

Mid-2002, the first Calcium Carbonate obstructions appeared downhole on several wells and resulted in a progressive production decrease.

Moreover, lead and zinc sulphides were identified on well G6. The heavy scaling from its surface-controlled subsurface safety valve (SCSSV) to the Christmas Tree caused the well to be shut-in from end 2004 until an appropriate programme of remediation and prevention was implemented.

Lead and zinc sulphides had not been predicted during the initial scaling studies. While several publications mention these on HP/HT fields, little information is available on downhole inhibitor squeeze.

Scale removal lab studies included dissolution of the recovered scales and corrosion tests. A different fluid package was selected for downhole and SCSSV conditions.

Scale remediation using downhole acid washes proved efficient by increasing wells production.

The upper part of the completion on well G6 was cleared from scales by a coiled tubing operation in mid-2005 and the integrity of the SCSSV was restored.

To prepare for scale prevention, a benchmarking of inhibitors from four suppliers was performed in a third party lab over a period of more than two years. Appropriate equipment was put in place and the methodology was optimised. The tests were conducted in anaerobic conditions with thermally aged chemicals.

Two scale inhibitor squeezes were deployed, although progress is still to be made for "exotic" scale prevention.

This paper presents the Elgin/Franklin scale-control strategy from a thorough fluids selection to the field deployments. Results and optimisation are discussed

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