Liquid holdup may decrease the productivity of gas producing wells. The use of foaming agents is a popular method of reducing fluid levels and increasing well production. However, corrosion rates may still be excessive in these cases requiring a mitigation strategy. The use of chemicals that act as foaming agents and corrosion inhibitors have great utility in gas wells with excessive water holdup. The underlying physical principles and measurable parameters include dynamic interfacial tension, foaming ability, and corrosion inhibition. A mechanistic description to predict the performance of chemical foamers is developed based upon measurable parameters demonstrating that the dominant factor is foam density. In addition, the effectiveness of a chemical program to unload a well and inhibit corrosion is demonstrated.

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