Optimization and Characterization of Highly Stable Nanoemulsion for Effective Oil-Based Drilling Fluid Removal
- Renzhou Meng (China University of Petroleum (East China)) | Chengwen Wang (China University of Petroleum (East China)) | Zhonghou Shen (China University of Petroleum (East China))
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Journal
- Publication Date
- June 2020
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 1,259 - 1,271
- 2020.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- oil-based drilling fluid, dynamic interfacial tension, nanoemulsion, stability, dynamic contact angle
- 19 in the last 30 days
- 56 since 2007
- Show more detail
- View rights & permissions
|SPE Member Price:||USD 5.00|
|SPE Non-Member Price:||USD 35.00|
In this study, an oil-in-water nanoemulsion for the effective removal of an oil-based drilling fluid has been developed by means of the phase-inversion concentration method. The influence of four factors on the droplet size and removal efficiency were tested, including the mass ratio of mixed surfactants (Rm), the surfactant/oil ratio (SOR), the mass concentration of cosurfactant (cco), and the salinity of the saline solution (cs). Considering the application environment of displacement spacers, the long-term stability and temperature resistance were investigated. The results showed that Rm and SOR had an obvious influence on the removal efficiency and droplet size of nanoemulsions. Because of the synergy effect of the surfactants, the nanoemulsion possesses remarkable storage stability and temperature resistance. Moreover, the removal mechanisms of the nanoemulsion were analyzed by the dynamic interfacial tension (IFT), dynamic wetting angle, and solubilization tests. The results indicated that the nanoemulsion could spread rapidly and thoroughly on the oil-wetting surfaces, and the nanoemulsion can contain more oil while the system is still stable, which is beneficial for the removal of an oil-based drilling fluid.
|File Size||3 MB||Number of Pages||13|
Addagalla, A. K. V., Kosandar, B. A., Lawal, I. et al. 2015. Using Mesophase Technology to Remove and Destroy the Oil-Based Mud Filter Cake in Wellbore Remediation Applications—Case Histories, Saudi Arabia. Paper presented at the SPE Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference, Manama, Bahrain, 8–11 March. SPE-172602-MS. https://doi.org/10.2118/172602-MS.
API RP10B-2, Recommended Practice for Testing Well Cements. 2013. Washington, DC, USA: American Petroleum Institute.
Ariyaprakai, S. and Dungan, S. R. 2010. Influence of Surfactant Structure on the Contribution of Micelles to Ostwald Ripening in Oil-In-Water Emulsions. J Colloid Interface Sci 343 (1): 102–108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2009.11.034.
Brege, J. J., El Sherbeny, W. I. A., Quintero, L. et al. 2012. Microemulsion Technology to Remove Oil-Based Mud in Wellbore Displacement and Remediation Applications. Paper presented at the North Africa Technical Conference and Exhibition, Cairo, Egypt, 20–22 February. SPE-150237-MS. https://doi.org/10.2118/150237-MS.
Bulgachev, R., Duran, W., Harpley, G. et al. 2015. Novel Filter Cake Breaker Design and Successful Use for OHGP Carrier Fluid. Paper presented at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, London, England, UK, 17–19 March. SPE-173132-MS. https://doi.org/10.2118/173132-MS.
Carrasquilla, J., Guillot, D. J., Ali, S. A. et al. 2012. Microemulsion Technology for Synthetic-Based Mud Removal in Well Cementing Operations. Paper presented at the SPE Deepwater Drilling and Completions Conference, Galveston, Texas, USA, 20–21 June. SPE-156313-MS. https://doi.org/10.2118/156313-MS.
Du, Z., Wang. C., Tai, X. et al. 2016. Optimization and Characterization of Biocompatible Oil-In-Water Nanoemulsion for Pesticide Delivery. ACS Sustain Chem Eng 4 (3): 983–991. https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b01058.
Ee, S. L., Duan, X., Liew, J. et al. 2008. Droplet Size and Stability of Nano-Emulsions Produced by the Temperature Phase Inversion Method. Chem Eng J 141 (1–3): 626–631. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2007.12.016.
El-Din, M. R. N., Mishrif, R. M., and El-Tabey, A. 2018. A Study on the Effect of Dynamic Interfacial Tension on the Stability of Nano-Emulsified Diesel. J Mol Liq 254: 39–46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2018.01.065.
Engelke, B., Petersen, D., Moretti, F. et al. 2016. New Fiber Technology to Improve Mud Removal. Paper presented at the OTC Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24–26 October. OTC-28025-MS. https://doi.org/10.4043/28025-MS.
Eulberg, J. and Hudson, M. 2017. Fiber Technology Improves Cement Bonding and Eliminates Sustained Casing Pressure. Paper presented at the SPE Western Regional Meeting, Bakersfield, California, USA, 23–27 April. SPE-185625-MS. https://doi.org/10.2118/185625-MS.
Guo, L., Liu, Y., Hu, S. et al. 2016. Dynamic Interfacial Tensions of Alkyl Alcohol Polyoxypropylene–Oxyehtylene Ether Sulfonate Solutions. J Pet Sci Eng 141: 9–15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2016.01.025.
Gupta, A., Azm, B., and Doyle, P. S. 2017. A General Route for Nanoemulsion Synthesis Using Low Energy Methods at Constant Temperature. Langmuir 33 (28): 7118–7123. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b01104.
Gupta, A., Eral, H. B., Hatton, T. A. et al. 2016. Nanoemulsions: Formation, Properties and Applications. Soft Matter 12: 2826–2841. https://doi.org/10.1039/C5SM02958A.
Jafari, S. M., Assadpoor, E., He, Y. et al. 2008. Re-Coalescence of Emulsion Droplets during High-Energy Emulsification. Food Hydrocolloids 22 (7): 1191–1202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodhyd.2007.09.006.
Jiang, L. C., Basri, M., Omar, D. et al. 2011. Self-Assembly Behaviour of Alkylpolyglucosides (APG) in Mixed Surfactant-Stabilized Emulsions System. J Mol Liq 158 (3): 175–181. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2010.11.015.
Jurado, E., Vicaria, J. M., Fernandez-Arteaga, A. et al. 2010. Wetting Power in Aqueous Mixtures of Alkylpolyglucosides and Ethoxylated Fatty Alcohols. J Surfactants Deterg 13 (4): 497–501. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11743-010-1228-1.
Komaiko, J. and McClements, D. J. 2014. Optimization of Isothermal Low-Energy Nanoemulsion Formation: Hydrocarbon Oil, Non-Ionic Surfactant, and Water Systems. J Colloid Interface Sci 425: 59–66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2014.03.035.
Koroleva, M., Nagovitsina, T., and Yurtov, E. 2018. Nanoemulsions Stabilized by Non-Ionic Surfactants: Stability and Degradation Mechanisms. Phys Chem Chem Phys 20 (15): 10369–10377. https://doi.org/10.1039/C7CP07626F.
Kumar, N. and Mandal, A. 2018. Surfactant Stabilized Oil-In-Water Nanoemulsion: Stability, Interfacial Tension, and Rheology Study for Enhanced Oil Recovery Application. Energy Fuel 32 (6): 6452–6466. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b00043.
Li, M., Ou, H., Li, Z. et al. 2015. Contamination of Cement Slurries with Diesel-Based Drilling Fluids in a Shale Gas Well. J Nat Gas Sci Eng 27: 1312–1320. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2015.08.010.
Maestro, A., Solè, I., González, C. et al. 2008. Influence of the Phase Behavior on the Properties of Ionic Nanoemulsions Prepared by the Phase Inversion Composition Method. J Colloid Interface Sci 327 (2): 433–439. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2008.07.059.
McClements, D. J. 2010. Edible Nanoemulsions: Fabrication, Properties, and Functional Performance. Soft Matter 7 (6): 2297–2316. https://doi.org/10.1039/C0SM00549E.
McClements, D. J. 2012. Nanoemulsion Versus Microemulsions: Terminology, Differences, and Similarities. Soft Matter 8 (6): 1719–1729. https://doi.org/10.1039/C2SM06903B.
Moulk, S. P. and Paul, B. K. 1998. Structure, Dynamic and Transport Properties of Microemulsions. Adv Colloid Interface Sci 78 (2): 99–195. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0001-8686(98)00063-3.
Pelipenko, S. and Frigaard, I. A. 2004. Mud Removal and Cement Placement During Primary Cementing of an Oil Well—Part 2: Steady-State Displacements. J Eng Math 48 (1): 1–26. https://doi.org/10.1023/B:ENGI.0000009499.63859.f0.
Peng, L. C., Liu, C. H., Kwan, C. C. et al. 2010. Optimization of Water-In-Oil Nanoemulsions by Mixed Surfactants. Colloids Surf A 370 (1–3): 136–142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2010.08.060.
Plank, J., Tiemeyer, C., Buelichen, D. et al. 2014. A Study of Cement/Mud Cake/Formation Interfaces and Their Impact on the Sealing Quality of Oilwell Cement. Paper presented at the IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 25–27 August. SPE-170452-MS. https://doi.org/10.2118/170452-MS.
Ren, J., Wang, Y., Jin, J. et al. 2017. The Reversible Emulsion Controlled by Inorganic Salt at High Temperature or Low Permeability Reservoir. Paper presented at the SPE/IATMI Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia, 17–19 October. SPE-186418-MS. https://doi.org/10.2118/186418-MS.
Roger, K., Cabane, B., Olsson, U. et al. 2009. Formation of 10–100 nm Size-Controlled Emulsions Through a Sub-PIT Cycle. Langmuir 26 (6): 3860–3867. https://doi.org/10.1021/la903401g.
Rui, Z., Cui, K., Wang, X. et al. 2018. A Quantitative Framework for Evaluating Unconventional Well Development. J Pet Sci Eng 166: 900–905. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2018.03.090.
See, C. H., Saphanuchart, W., Nadarajan, S. et al. 2011. Nanoemulsion for Non-Aqueous Mud Removal in Wellbore. Paper presented at the SPE/DGS Saudi Arabia Section Technical Symposium and Exhibition, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, 15–18 May. SPE-149088-MS. https://doi.org/10.2118/149088-MS.
Soares, A. A., Freitas, J., Melo, D. et al. 2017. Cement Slurry Contamination with Oil-Based Drilling Fluids. J Pet Sci Eng 158: 433–440. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2017.08.064.
Solè, I., Pey, C. M., Maestro, A. et al. 2010. Nano-Emulsions Prepared by the Phase Inversion Composition Method: Preparation Variable and Scale Up. J Colloid Interface Sci 344 (2): 417–423. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2009.11.046.
Tadrosa, T., Izquierdob, P., Esquena, J. et al. 2004. Formation and Stability of Nano-Emulsions. Adv Colloid Interface Sci 108–109: 303–318. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cis.2003.10.023.
Tanthakit, P., Chavadej, S., Scamehorn, J. F. et al. 2008. Microemulsion Formation and Detergency with Oily Soil: IV. Effect of Rinse Cycle Design. J Surfactants Deterg 11 (2): 117–128. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11743-008-1062-x.
Tongcumpou, C., Acosta, E. J., Quencer, L. B. et al. 2005. Microemulsion Formation and Detergency with Oily Soils: III. Performance and Mechanisms. J Surfactants Deterg 8 (2): 147–156. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11743-005-340-8.
Wang, G., Li, X., Du, Z. et al. 2014. Butynediol-Ethoxylate Based Trisiloxane: Structural Characterization and Physico-Chemical Properties in Water. J Mol Liq 197: 197–203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2014.04.033.
Wooster, T. J., Golding, M., and Sanguansri, P. 2008. Impact of Oil Type on Nanoemulsion Formation and Ostwald Ripening Stability. Langmuir 24 (22): 12758–12765. https://doi.org/10.1021/la801685v.
Zhou, J., Nasr-El-Din, H. A., Socci, D. et al. 2018. A Cost-Effective Application of New Surfactant/Oxidant System to Enhance the Removal Efficiency of Oil-Based Mud Filter Cake. Paper presented at the SPE Western Regional Meeting, Garden Grove, California, USA, 22–26 April. SPE-190115-MS. https://doi.org/10.2118/190115-MS.