Speaker: Jimmie Baran – Staff Scientist at 3M
Topic: Wettability Modification to Enhance Productivity in Natural Gas Wells
Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 11:30 AM
Location: Brookhaven College Geological Institute, (Map)
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Fluid blockage occurs in natural gas wells in the near wellbore region. This fluid blockage could be aqueous-based from a high connate water level or aqueous based intervention (chemical treatment or waterflooding) and/or hydrocarbon liquid in the form of a retrograde condensate or volatile oil. The retrograde condensate or volatile oil is present due to an isothermal reduction in reservoir pressure. The greatest reduction in pressure occurs in the near wellbore region and across the face of a fracture. Materials have been developed to alter the wettability of the matrix and/or the wettability of the proppant in a fracture and thus increase the relative permeabilities of phases that come into contact with the treated area. This results in an increase in production over a longer period of time than is realized by more temporary solutions such as gas injection to increase the pressure, solvents to clean up the blockage or fracturing. A summary of field trial data for these products will be presented.
Jimmie Baran received bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from The University of Texas-Austin. Following his graduate studies, he obtained a post-doctoral position focusing on microemulsions for toxic spill remediation, oral drug delivery and enhanced oil recovery. Jimmie then accepted a research position with 3M, Co. He is currently a Staff Scientist leading the Applied Surface Science group within 3M’s Corporate Research Materials Laboratory. Jimmie’s recognized areas of expertise are in surfactants, nanoparticle technology and fluid blockage in natural gas wells. Jimmie is a co-author on 27 publications and an inventor on 54 issued patents.