Inorganic Acid Optimizes Remediation of Formation Damage in Carbonate Producer
The authors describe the benefits of a single-phase retarded inorganic acid system, which they write features the same benefits as emulsified acids while eliminating the drawbacks of the latter.
Emulsified acid is one of the preferred choices among retarded-acid options used in Middle East high-temperature carbonate producers. However, it also brings operational complexities. The recent introduction of a single-phase retarded inorganic acid system (SPRIAS) has enabled stimulation with the same benefits as those of emulsified acids while eliminating its drawbacks. A newly drilled oil producer in one of the largest carbonate fields onshore Middle East was selected for pilot implementation of the SPRIAS. The experience gained with this pilot well confirmed the SPRIAS as a reliable option to replace emulsified acids in the region.
The SPRIAS has the dissolution capacity of hydrochloric acids (HCl) of similar concentration.