Chemical Stimulation at a Heavy-Oil Field: Key Considerations, Work Flow, and Results

Fig. 1—Typical FO device.

Because of current oil and gas industry economics, evaluating the return on investment for any well-intervention campaign is crucial, as is applying an assurance process to help quantify desired production improvement. This paper presents the planning and execution of a matrix-stimulation pilot project in the heavy-oil Chichimene Field in Colombia. The approach is based primarily on a work flow that includes characterizing formation damage, reviewing laboratory tests, validating well selection, and determining economically viable placement and diversion techniques.

Damage Mechanisms

Heavy-oil reservoirs are prone to almost every formation-damage mechanism known. Damage mechanisms encountered include fines migration, paraffin and asphaltene deposition, various forms of scale, and clay swelling. Many of these damage mechanisms are compounded by the methods used to produce heavy oil, including slotted liners, screens, and gravel packs, which can plug off as a result of any of the damage mechanisms and, over time, further reduce inflow and well performance.

A process to identify and characterize formation damage in the Chichimene Field was established. For this purpose, several wells were selected to analyze formation-damage distribution. ­Reservoir-property data were uploaded into a simulator with a dynamic model to quantify the effects of formation damage attributed to pressure drop in the reservoir. The following damage mechanisms were observed.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 184974, “Chemical-Stimulation Pilot at a Heavy-Oil Field: Key Considerations, Work Flow, and Results,” by Mauricio Gutierrez, Fernando Bonilla, Layonel Gil, and Wilmer Parra, Ecopetrol, and Pablo Campo, SPE, Alex Orozco, and Monica Garcia, Halliburton, prepared for the 2017 SPE Canada Heavy Oil Technical Conference, Calgary, 15–16 February. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Chemical Stimulation at a Heavy-Oil Field: Key Considerations, Work Flow, and Results

01 March 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 3


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