Abstract

Scale deposits are a common problem in oil and gas wells and can have detrimental effects on well production. Depending on the severity, scaling can stop production entirely as scale forms anywhere in the well production system, including the formation, perforations, casing or tubular, and in or on the artificial lift equipment. There are several chemical and mechanical methods for removing scale deposits. However, to prevent scale deposition, the only solution is chemical inhibitors injected into the formation. The typical production system includes artificially lifted, stimulated wells (propped hydraulic fractures) placed in reservoirs where pressure maintenance is achieved by water flooding. The artificial lifting is typically accomplished through use of electric submersible pumps (ESPs). In reservoirs where produced fluids exhibit scaling tendencies, ESP run life is significantly shortened by scale formation on the pump elements restricting rotation. By treating the formation with chemical inhibitors, the life of the ESP can be extended.

In this paper we provide approaches for improving a compatibility of a novel hydraulic fracturing fluid (used in Russia) and scale inhibitor. A 3-year campaign to combine scale inhibition with the hydraulic propped fracture effectively increased the average run life of ESPs in the Mayskoe and Snezhnoe oil fields.

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