DOI: 10.2118/200669-ms
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Zhiwei David Yue, Ping Chen, Vlad Draghici, Megan Westerman, Martijn Huijgen, Angelo Privitera, John Hazlewood, Thomas Hagen

Abstract: Abstract An oilfield operator relies extensively on heat exchangers (Hexs) to break heavy oil emulsions. A workhorse inhibitor worked reliably to control thermally induced scale precipitation caused by local hard waters. However, an upsurge of scale-related Hexs tubing blockage occurred during a harsh winter that coincided with a breakthrough of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) polymer into some water sources. Through comprehensive lab testing, root causes of the failure were identified. A new produc…

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