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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 18 | Page No.: 3298-3307
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2009.3298.3307
Scale Formation Due to Water Injection in Berea Sandstone Cores
A.B.B. Merdhah and A.A.M. Yassin

Abstract:
This study was conducted to investigate the permeability reduction caused by deposition of calcium, strontium and barium sulfates in Berea sandstone cores from mixing of injected Malaysian sea waters (Angsi and Barton) and formation water that contained high concentration of calcium, barium and strontium ions at various temperatures (60-90°C) and differential pressures (75-100 psig). The solubility of common oil field scales formed and how their solubilities were affected by changes in salinity and temperatures (40-90°C) were also studied. The morphology and particle size of scaling crystals formed as shown by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) were also presented. The results showed that a large extent of permeability damage caused by calcium, strontium and barium sulfates that deposited on the rock pore surface. The rock permeability decline indicates the influence of the concentration of calcium, barium and strontium ions. At higher temperatures, the deposition of CaSO4 and SrSO4 scales increases and the deposition of BaSO4 scale decreases, since the solubilities of CaSO4 and SrSO4 scales decreases and the solubility of BaSO4 increases with increasing temperature. The deposition of CaSO4, SrSO4 and BaSO4 scales during flow of injection waters into porous media was shown by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) micrographs.
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A.B.B. Merdhah and A.A.M. Yassin, 2009. Scale Formation Due to Water Injection in Berea Sandstone Cores. Journal of Applied Sciences, 9: 3298-3307.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2009.3298.3307

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2009.3298.3307

 
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