In Southern Oman, PDO is producing from several critically sour fields (1-10% H2S). Initial flow assurance studies from these fields based on available data at the time did not predict asphaltene plugging issues in depletion mode for most of the fields. However, over the period, wells from one particular field (Field SA3) started experiencing asphaltene deposition in the wellbore, which initially affected only surveillance activities but later led to significant production deferment and posed operational challenges. This paper discusses the asphaltene management strategy developed by the team to tackle asphaltene problem in a systematic manner by improving the current asphaltene detection and cleanout techniques, which led to to reduction in unscheduled deferment by ~50% and the intervention costs by ~20-25%. This work also describes the potential asphaltene risks during gas injection based on an asphaltene study performed on downhole samples.
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OTC-27826-MS, Hadrien Dumont, "Asphaltene Onset Pressure Uncertainty and Other Asphaltene Issues in Field Development Planning"
SPE-163129-MS, Muhammad Ali Buriro, "Asphaltene Prediction and Prevention: A Strategy To Control Asphaltene Precipitation"
SPE-24987-PA, R.B. de Boer, "Screening of Crude Oils for Asphalt Precipitation: Theory, Practice, and the Selection of Inhibitors"
OTC-21587-MS, Alberto Montesi, "Asphaltene Management in GOM DW Subsea Development"
SPE-25483-PA, D.C. Thomas, "Controlling Asphaltene Deposition in Oil Wells"
SPE-192784-MS, Abdulaziz Al-Qasim, "Asphaltene Precipitation: A Review on remediation Techniques and Prevention Strategies"
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