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Experimental Analysis of Shale for Evaluating Shale Drilling Fluid Interaction in Agbada Formation

Okoro, Emeka Emmanuel and Dosunmu, A. (2014) Experimental Analysis of Shale for Evaluating Shale Drilling Fluid Interaction in Agbada Formation. British Journal of Applied Science & Technology, 4 (35). pp. 4878-4907. ISSN 2231-0843

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Aims: To characterize the shale samples from Agbada formation and to develop an inhibitive water-based mud for the shale types. Study Design: Experimental. Place and Duration of Study: Department of Petroleum, University of Port Harcourt Rivers State, Agbada Formation Niger-Delta Region, between March 2011 and August 2012. Methodology: This study includes the determination of shale properties such as mineralogy, cation exchange capacity, native moisture content and total organic carbon content of the shale samples collected from two wells in Agbada Field. It also involves the establishment of an adsorption isotherm for the shale and the modeling of these isotherms using the Guggenheim, Anderson and Deboer model. Results: Based on the results of the dispersion and swelling tests, 3% Bentonite + 1% Potassium Chloride (KCl) were selected as the promising fluid. Well A exhibited the Type II isotherm which is common to most shale while Well B showed the Type V isotherm. Adsorption isotherm model predictions were in agreement with experimental observations. The samples from the wells exhibited dispersion after testing with deionized water. For Well A and B, 3% Bentonite + 1% Potassium Chloride (KCl) inhibits and yielded higher shale percent recovery values from dispersion tests. Conclusion: It was observed from adsorption isotherm models that the total organic carbon content is not a significant factor in the adsorptive and dispersive behaviors exhibited by the shale samples.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mineralogy; adsorption isotherm; dispersion test and swelling test.
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Emeka Okoro
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2018 10:43
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2018 10:43

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