An Integrated Approach for Assessment of In-Situ Scale Deposition Risk during Waterflooding in a Giant Carbonate Field, Offshore Abu Dhabi


A common flow assurance problem during waterflooding operations is the deposition of mineral scale due to mixing of incompatible brines. Deposition of mineral scale can occur anywhere in the production system (reservoir, near wellbore, wellbore, surface facilities) if certain conditions for deposition of scale are present (composition of mixed brine, dynamics of mixing, pressure, temperature and kinetics). Understanding where and how scale will deposit and its impact on production and operations is important especially for the mega offshore field development projects which use new generation of high value wells (long/multi laterals, MRC) associated downhole equipment (ICD, ICV, etc) and surface facilities. In this paper, we present a systematic approach to assessing the scale deposition risk with an example of the application to a giant carbonate field, offshore Abu Dhabi. Copyright 2012, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2012 - Sustainable Energy Growth: People, Responsibility, and Innovation, ADIPEC 2012 (2012: Nov. 11-14, Abu Dhabi, UAE)


Mining Engineering

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14 Nov 2012