Acidizing gas wells in the Merluza field using an acetic/formic acid mixture and foam pigs

Eduardo Da Motta, M. H V Quiroga, A. F L Aragao, A. Pereira

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Abstract

This paper presents the laboratory testing of acid compositions and the planning, execution, and evaluation of the acidizing operations performed in the Merluza gas field, located offshore Brazil. Since the beginning of the production, the presence of calcium carbonate scale has been observed. Laboratory experiments determined that the most efficient acid mixture to remove that scale and to clean up perforations was 7% formic acid (HFor)/5% acetic acid (HAc) and that the best composition for matrix acidizing was saturated di-sodium EDTA. Regular HCl compositions were not recommended due to the nature of the tubing material (13Cr) and of the high reservoir temperature. The use of foam pigs to keep the acid at the desired position and to prevent the reaction products flora decanting to the formation, and the application of the organic acid mixture to clean up the perforations were very successful, increasing the gas production rate by 740.000 m3/day. Because of this, the matrix acidizing with EDTA was postponed. These results show that HAc/HFor compositions are a viable solution to acidize wells where HCl cannot be used, such as HPHT wells, or where production equipment contain chromium.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - SPE International Symposium on Formation Damage Control
PublisherSoc Pet Eng (SPE)
Pages67-70
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 International Symposium on Formation Damage Control - Lafayette, LA, USA
Duration: 18 Feb 199819 Feb 1998

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1998 International Symposium on Formation Damage Control
CityLafayette, LA, USA
Period18/2/9819/2/98

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Da Motta, E., Quiroga, M. H. V., Aragao, A. F. L., & Pereira, A. (1998). Acidizing gas wells in the Merluza field using an acetic/formic acid mixture and foam pigs. In Proceedings - SPE International Symposium on Formation Damage Control (pp. 67-70). Soc Pet Eng (SPE).