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Case Study: HR-2635 Hydrogen Sulfide Scavenger Reduces HSE Risk and Operating Costs in Eagle Ford Shale

Maintaining scavenging efficiency helps reduce chemical expenditure by 56%

Challenge: Find a cost-effective hydrogen sulfide (H2S) treatment for sour wells in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Solution: Apply HR-2635 hydrogen sulfide scavenger to improve H2S treatment efficiency while lowering treating costs.

Result:

  • Reduced H2S levels to the gas pipeline specification.
  • Maintained a process H2S scavenging efficiency performance.
  • Reduced chemical expenditure by 56%.

Manage hydrogen sulfide in sour wells

Hydrogen sulfide is naturally produced from the Eagle Ford Shale. The levels can range from a few ppm up to 20,000-ppm hydrogen sulfide and must be reduced to below pipeline gas specifications, which are typically less than 4 ppm. In addition to reducing product value, hydrogen sulfide exposes producers to environmental and safety risk and increases the chance of corrosion.

In one field, production flows through a three-phase allocation separator where gas discharge is comingled with other gas production streams and sent through a custody transfer to a third-party midstream company. When the midstream company altered the incoming gas stream KPIs, the cost of the producer’s H2S scavenging program significantly increased.

Apply HR-2635 hydrogen sulfide scavenger to treat gas, reduce costs

The operator tasked Schlumberger with lowering overall treating cost and improving the treating efficiency of hydrogen sulfide. Schlumberger recommended HR-2635 hydrogen sulfide scavenger, a concentrated triazine formulated to convert H2S into a water-soluble, noncorrosive, and nontoxic product.

HR-2635 scavenger is formulated to reduce the potential for calcium carbonate scale precipitation common with most triazine products by incorporating a thermally stable phosphonate scale inhibitor into the finished formulation.

The team provided targeted, direct injection of HR-2635 hydrogen sulfide scavenger and implemented a robust monitoring and optimization program.

Reduced H2S levels to gas pipeline specifications

Schlumberger injected HR-2635 scavenger into two individual gas streams and a comingled gas header system upstream of the custody transfer with production flow rates ranging between 36 and 43 MMcf/d and H2S levels ranging from 80 to 95 ppm. HR-2635 scavenger effectively reduced H2S levels to the required gas pipeline specification while maintaining process H2S scavenging efficiency. The application also reduced the producer’s chemical expenditure by 56%.


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