Biocide Treatment Program Reduces Premature Coiled Tubing Failures

Topics: Coiled tubing Corrosion Production chemistry
Fig. 1—(a) An image of coiled tubing string failure showing transverse cracking and pitting corrosion near the bias weld. (b) An image of bias weld material showing evidence of microbial influenced corrosion.

Premature coiled tubing (CT) failures have occurred in the United States, in areas such as the Eagle Ford and Haynesville formations, and the Permian Basin. In Canada, these failures once were not considered as prevalent. However, a presentation at the 2015 SPE/ICoTA conference in The Woodlands, Texas, changed that perception. A paper presented there detailed how a major Canadian CT service provider experienced a series of CT string failures while performing bridge plug millout operations in the Montney formation in northeastern British Columbia (Edillon et al., 2015).

With each trip in or out of the wellbore, CT strings incur fatigue that can be estimated using simulation software based on the CT outside diameter (OD), material grade, and operating conditions. CT strings can fail for a variety of reasons, including external mechanical damage, corrosion, and excessive diametrical growth. Premature failure results not only in operational delays and the associated costs, but critical safety risks for on-site personnel.

For these reasons, a study was undertaken to determine the root cause of the CT string failures in the Montney. The results showed that microbial influenced corrosion (MIC) was a contributing factor. This led the CT service provider to instigate laboratory and field studies to create a biocide treatment program. The program has successfully mitigated further CT string failures in the Montney and has now been applied to CT programs in the Eagle Ford formation.


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Biocide Treatment Program Reduces Premature Coiled Tubing Failures

Lemuel Edillon, SPE, STEP Energy Services, Matthew Henderson, SPE, Fusion Technologies, and Stan Leong, OSP

20 May 2016

Volume: 68 | Issue: 6