The effects of chemical interaction of a biocide with formation rocks on the rock geomechanical properties are examined. A combination of analytical tests (scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray powder diffraction and particle size distribution) and uniaxial compression test was used in this study. The particle size distribution in the effluent showed an increase in D50 with poor sorting for the chemically treated outcrop carbonate core samples. The XRPD shows evidence of altered minerals in the chemically treated samples. It was observed that the interaction led to precipitation of new materials that clogged the pore space of the samples leading to up to 150% increase in compressive strength of the carbonate following treatment with the biocide. The results give more insight into the limitations of existing sand production prediction models with respect to the effect of oilfield chemicals on the strength of the reservoir rocks.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors received funding from the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Nigeria, for the PhD work from which the materials and results presented in this paper originated.
- Chemical interaction
- Reservoir rock
- Uniaxial compressive strength