In many states around the U.S., SWD injection wells are big business. On average, 10 barrels of salt water are produced for each barrel of crude oil. Much of that water is then put back into SWD injection wells, which has been the standard practice in the industry for decades.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the National Institutes of Health, the aggregate monthly injection volume in Oklahoma increased from around 80 million barrels per month in 1997 to 160 million barrels per month in 2013—nearly all of it coming from SWD. And in that time, another problem has increased right along with it. In the last five years, the NCBI said in a 2015 report, “the increases in seismicity follow five- to ten-fold increases in the rates of saltwater disposal.”
Chemistry for SWD Injection Wells
When people are worried that your business is causing earthquakes, and when the NCBI is studying the impact your business is having on the planet, you need your equipment to be in top condition. Equipment needs to be in perfect condition to maintain flow rates and keep your back pressures down. Enter ChemFlo. We’ve got the chemistry, experience, and know-how to keep your operation running smoothly, and your equipment in top shape.
You’ve used the chemistry at your facility for years with no problems, but suddenly something is off. Your flows are getting more and more restricted and your back pressure is increasing. The problem is that you didn’t have the right chemistry, and scaling and/or bacteria have likely built up over time. Now you’re dealing with the consequences.
Bacteria can cause corrosion in your system and even lead to deadly H2S problems. It can cause biomass to build up in areas of flow lines, or cause iron sulfide deposits to form. It can increase pressure in your line or cause plugging.
Scaling will restrict your liquid flows. It also will increase corrosion, wear and tear, and pumping time. Your electricity bills will go up because you need more power to push liquids through your restricted flow lines.
Your problem also could be too many solids going down hole, hampering the flow of liquids and increases back pressures. Bacteria, scaling, and down-hole solids are serious issues that build up over time because you’re not using the right chemistry in your SWD injection wells.
What Can You Do?
First of all, you need a partner who will listen to you, investigate your problems, test your liquids, try solutions, and solve your problems. ChemFlo has the experts who will keep your pipes open and flowing, and your SWD injection wells healthy.
After we’ve done our analysis and testing, we’ll recommend a custom chemistry. Following our recommendation will reduce the number of solids going down hole, and eliminate problems with scaling and bacteria growth. Our solutions also will reduce your overall chemical spend, and result in increased flow rates and decreased back pressures.
We are partners with our customers to keep their businesses and equipment healthy.
Our business is keeping SWD injection wells healthy, with good flow rates and decreased back pressure. When you see how our chemistry improves the longevity of your wells and equipment and saves you money, you’ll want to be our customer for life.