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Modeling, Monitoring Aid Fight Against Scale in Alkali-Surfactant-Polymer Floods

Fig. 1—Scale in production pipeline (left) and header (right).

Two alkali/surfactant/polymer (ASP) floods became operational in the Taber area of Alberta, Canada, in 2006 and 2008. Throughout the course of both projects, extreme scale deposition was observed. Scale-inhibition and -remediation strategies were developed that included a comprehensive monitoring program, chemical scale inhibition, and mechanical scale-prevention techniques. From the large amount of data gathered, models were created to predict scale severity and content and to develop specific mitigation plans.

Introduction

In southern Alberta, the Mannville B Taber South (Warner) pool was discovered in 1963 and has been under waterflood since 1967 and the Glauconite K Taber (Crowsnest) pool was discovered in 1943 and has been under waterflood since 1971.

The Warner ASP flood was the first fieldwide ASP flood in Canada and began injection in May 2006. The Crowsnest ASP flood began injection in January 2008. Both floods used a 0.75-wt% concentration of NaOH as the alkali and continue to use recycled produced water for injection.

Scale and its associated problems and mitigation strategies have evolved over the course of these projects.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 165285, “The Use of Modeling and Monitoring To Control Scale in Alberta ASP Floods,” by Kate Hunter, SPE, Lee McInnis, SPE, and Tyler Ellis-Toddington, SPE, Husky Energy, and Scot Kerr, Baker Hughes, prepared for the 2013 SPE Enhanced Oil Recovery Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 2–4 July. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Modeling, Monitoring Aid Fight Against Scale in Alkali-Surfactant-Polymer Floods

01 June 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 6

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