February 10, 2020
Slickwater fracturing fluids are commonly used in oilfield to create fracture networks in tight rocks to promote oil and gas production. These fluids employ friction reducers to reduce friction pressure and allow faster injection and lower pumping pressure. However, polymer residue from friction reducers can reduce the permeability of tight rocks during flowback.
To help understand the damage mechanisms of friction reducers and their remediation, Ginger Ren, Stepan Oilfield Solutions Senior Research and Development Chemist, will present Stepan Oilfield Solutions’ research on visualizing flowback aid mechanisms at the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control, Feb. 19 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Stepan Oilfield Solutions scientists worked with Interface Fluidics to study the dynamics of fluid behavior in unconventional resources by combining coreflood and microfluidics-based measurements. Through this combination, the researchers were able to gather quantitative results and visualization. Ren will present the results of this study at the conference and an overview of Stepan Oilfield Solutions’ research and development expertise.
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