A new polymer, previously evaluated in the laboratory, has been successfully tested to shut off water production in two offshore high temperature gravel packed wells in the Gulf Coast. The polymer is shear resistant, thus easy to handle, and, since it maintains good permeability to oil in the zones into which it is injected, it does not require zone isolation during injection into the well. After treatment, a strong reduction in WOR was observed in both wells. The effect lasted over 2 years in one well and for several months in the second well. These treatments show that the polymer is stable in field applications at 190 and 200 °F (88 and 93 °C).

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