2011 Small Producer

Upstream Ultrasonic Processing for Small Producers: Maintenance for Paraffin Management in Production Tubing Using Non-Invasive Ultrasonic Technology

Subcontractor: Battelle Memorial Institute, Pacific Northwest Division

Principal Investigator: Kayte Denslow
Project Number Project Status
11123-09 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: John Terneus
Participants
Falcon Exploration; Baker Hughes
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
October 25, 2013 October 24, 2015
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$944,859.00 $743,050.00 $192,360.00
Project Objectives

The objective of this two-year research and development project is to demonstrate cost savings for small producers associated with adopting preventative maintenance, in lieu of constant remedial maintenance, for oil well production tubes that suffer from frequent paraffin wax plugging. Such production tubes currently require costly wax removal using mechanical methods or injections of hot oil, hot water, steam or chemicals to melt or dissolve the paraffin wax deposits. None of these remedial methods are permanent solutions or preventative measures and repeat treatment is required on a regular basis once a well develops a paraffin problem.

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