Abstract

The deployment of scale squeeze treatments in subsea horizontal wells has always presented a challenge in terms of understanding the location of injected fluids vs the location of the produced water where scale formation will occur. Over the years software packages such as Eclipse has been able to provide valuable information on the possible placement options for such wells when production logging tool (PLT) data have not been available. The development of multi-lateral drilling/completion technology has further complicated the placement challenges in such wells.

In this paper Eclipse simulation data has been linked to SQUEEZE designs software for two subsea production wells completed with multi laterals and sliding sleeves to allow selective placement of the squeeze treatment. The objective of the study was to evaluate the options of bullhead deployment in terms of both laterals being open during the squeeze vs two squeeze stages being sized and selectively placed into each lateral again via bullhead deployment, but this time using the sliding sleeve technology to divert the chemical.

Information on cross flow issues, the pump rates required to allow effective placement are presented, along with the differences in chemical volumes, pump time and soak times required for the two potential treatment options. The finding from this study show the clear advantages in terms of treatment volumes, reduced clean up time and extended treatment life (reduced intervention frequency) of bullhead deployment of two squeeze steps, one to each lateral, achieved by utilizing the sliding sleeve technology in these two production wells.

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