Doctoral Dissertations

Abstract

"During the drilling and completion phases of oil and gas wells, cement is placed in the wellbore as a barrier between the casing and the formation. All casing strings must be cemented to protect and support the casing, and to isolate production zones. The primary cement must prevent the wellbore fluids from migrating in an annular flow path so as to allow the wells to be utilized without any control problems. The primary cement may fail to deliver full zonal isolation due to several reasons such as insufficient mud removal before the cementing, casing expansion, and contraction, high fluid losses, cement free fluids, inadequate hydrostatic pressure, high-pressure tests and temperature variations across the cement causing micro-annuli and cracks that may allow fluids to migrate. In addition, if the cement is placed in zones where corrosive fluids are presented, chemical degradation could compromise the cement integrity. If any of these failures occurred during the life of the well, remedial job must be performed to restore the well integrity. Failing to restore the cement integrity may lead to unwanted severe consequences to the environment, the equipment, and personnel. This work presents the results of evaluating several epoxy resin sealants that have the potential to replace the conventional Portland cement used in remedial jobs. This study includes the rheological behavior, curing kinetics, injectivity, plugging performance against water and CO2, chemical resistance, and the mechanical properties of epoxy resin sealants. This work compares the results of epoxy resin sealants to that of the conventional Portland cement. The findings obtained from this work can be utilized in optimizing the cement remedial operations"--Abstract, page iv.

Advisor(s)

Imqam, Abdulmohsin

Committee Member(s)

Dunn-Norman, Shari
Liu, Kelly H.
Sherizadeh, Taghi
Elsharafi, Mahmoud

Department(s)

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Petroleum Engineering

Comments

The author wishes to thank the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) for their scholarship. In addition, the authors wish to thank Haliburton for their support by providing Class-H cement.

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2021

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • A simple classification of wellbore integrity problems related to fluids migration
  • Sealant injectivity through void space conduits to assess remediation of well cement failure
  • Solids-free epoxy sealant materials’ injectivity through channels for remedial job operations
  • Laboratory study using polymer resin systems to remediate wellbores: Rheological characterizations, chemical resistance, plugging performance, and mechanical properties
  • Evaluation of an ultra-high-performance epoxy resin sealant for wellbore integrity applications
  • Laboratory study using temperature activated epoxy resin sealant for wellbore integrity applications: Rheology and plugging performance

Pagination

xx, 201 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references.

Rights

© 2021 Mohammed Mousa M Alkhamis, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Thesis Number

T 11822

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