Time is money and flow rate, whether down hole or surface level, must be optimized.Â However, emulsions, water quality, gas well liquid loading and formation face damage are all impediments to quality production.
In oilfield operations, emulsions refer to water droplets stabilized in a continuous oil phase otherwise known as water in oil emulsions (W/O). When oil is co-produced with water, emulsions can be encountered in all phases of oil production and processing. Â Emulsions are costly in terms of processing to meet product quality. Unresolved emulsions can cause system shut-downs.
Water quality can be significantly impacted when oil droplets are stabilized in a continuous water phase otherwise known as oil in water emulsions (O/W).Â Off-spec water can be costly in terms of processing to meet environmental or other regulatory requirements.
As the gas velocity in production tubing drops, the velocity of the liquids carried by the gas decline even faster. Flow patterns of liquids on the walls of the tubing cause liquid to accumulate in the bottom of the well that can either slow or stop gas production.
Formation damage is an impairment of reservoir permeability around the well bore leading to low or no well production or injection.
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