Inhibited Gas Stimulation To Mitigate Condensate Banking and Maximize Recovery in Cupiagua Field
- Carlos A. Franco (Qatar Petroleum) | Richard D. Zabala (Ecopetrol S.A.) | Jose Zapata (Ecopetrol SA) | Edgar Mora (Ecopetrol SA) | Oscar Botero (Ecopetrol SA) | Carlos Candela (Ecopetrol SA) | Andres Castillo (Ecopetrol SA)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Production & Operations
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- April 2013
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- Journal Paper
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- 2013. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 4.6 Natural Gas, 4.3.3 Aspaltenes, 3.2.3 Hydraulic Fracturing Design, Implementation and Optimisation, 4.1.4 Gas Processing, 5.2.1 Phase Behavior and PVT Measurements, 2.5.2 Fracturing Materials (Fluids, Proppant), 5.7.2 Recovery Factors
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Condensate banking has been identified as one of the most potentially damaging mechanisms affecting well productivity in Cupiagua Field. This gas-condensate giant field has reached an average recovery factor of 42%, with recovery values of approximately 60% in some layers of field. The mitigation of condensate banking phenomena, among the other important damaging mechanisms currently interacting along the entire productivity zones, has been one of the most relevant stimulation practices in the development strategy.
The mitigation of condensate banking led to optimization of common stimulation practices to recover the productivity of gas-condensate wells. Massive hydraulic fracturing and matrix stimulation with inhibited diesel and alcohol have been the most common practices implemented and optimized to mitigate condensate banking in Cupiagua field.
Because the field is being operated by Ecopetrol (as of June 2010), the mitigation of condensate banking was recognized as one of the most important stimulation challenges to be worked by the stimulation team. The effective mitigation of condensate banking is key to reaching and even exceeding the short- and long-term production targets set by Ecopetrol.
This paper describes all the engineering work carried out to implement a new stimulation technique based on the injection of inhibited dry gas. The performed laboratory job, the simulation runs, the engineering design, and the field results are clearly described in the paper, the preliminary results showing that a successful stimulation technique exists to remove and mitigate condensate banking. At the moment, this stimulation strategy has been focused on removing liquid saturation (condensate and water) and organic solids (especially asphaltenes) by incorporating alcohol and surfactants inside the gas stream. Future engineering work will address the incorporation of a chemical blend that can improve the gas-treatment life, thus reducing critical liquid saturation or/and reducing the size of no-mobile condensate rings.
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