DOI: 9, 2021Proceedings Paper

Low-Temperature Diverter Improves Operational Efficiency and Well Performance in Offshore Application

Samuel Edward BremnerDaryl Choo


Near-wellbore diversion during acid fracturing or matrix acidizing is widely used to improve reservoir coverage and to save time spent on zonal isolation. It is particularly useful in offshore operations where efficiency is crucial. Diversion is typically achieved by dynamic placement of degradable solid particulates into perforations, wormholes, and/or fractures to divert the treatment fluid to understimulated zones. The diverting material must maintain integrity and mechanical strength during the operation before degrading at the downhole temperature in the presence of stimulation fluids. Whereas currently used materials work very well in a wide temperature range, at temperatures below 140°F (60°C), finding an appropriate diverting material that balances the trade-offs between surface shelf-life, stability during treatment, and fast downhole degradation is a challenge. This paper presents a novel low-temperature diverter that pushes the degradable diverter temperature limit down to 70°F (21°C). The new material was deployed in a matrix acidizing job performed on an injector well in the North Sea. Field deployment was preceded by an extensive laboratory testing program to verify diversion efficiency and acceptable degradation.


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