An Approach to Mitigating Wellbore Solids Deposition Conference Paper uri icon


  • Tubular flow restrictions owing to solids deposition are serious oilfield problems. Solids normally originate from either asphaltic or paraffinic oil. Hydrates add another dimension to the problem when water production begins. Most solutions center on the use of aromatic solvents for asphaltenes and chemicals or heating for paraffins. In this study, we seek preventive measures to minimize solids deposition by altering characteristics of fluid flow in the wellbore. Knowledge of thermodynamic behavior of fluids and application of principles of fluid and heat flows constitute the essence of our approach. Specifically, we present a steady-state model that allows computation of wellbore pressure and temperature profiles for a hot-circulating fluid in case of parrafins. The same model is used to study the p-T behavior of asphaltic oil while circulating a cold fluid. A fluid-temperature model is also presented when intermittent or continuous injection of solvent is sought through a chemical-injection line. Both models are general in that flows in offshore wells can be handled rigorously. Computational results show that preserving energy of paraffinic oil is feasible by circulating hot fluid in the annulus and/or using insulation, thereby keeping solids in solution. The use of an unsteady-state flow model sheds light on the time available for well intervention before the onset of deposition. Similarly, cooling of fluids may help produce asphaltic oils under favorable conditions.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition

author list (cited authors)

  • Kabir, C. S., Hasan, A. R., Lin, D., & Wang, X.

complete list of authors

  • Kabir, CS||Hasan, AR||Lin, D||Wang, X

publication date

  • December 2001