Paraffin related problems in the oilfield continue to plague efficient production operations. Solutions to these problems vary with the cause of the problem, its location, severity, and economics. This paper presents the philosophy and methodology for investigating and recommending solutions to paraffin related field problems based on laboratory testing and its relationship to these field problems. Arriving at a solution to paraffin problems in the oilfield involves a systematic approach that evaluates laboratory test results and matches them to field needs. An important aspect of thi s approach includes combining information from the field, the correct mix of laboratory tests, and interpretation of the test results.

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