Since the discovery of the Eagle Ford Shale Play in 2008, South Texas has once again seen a significant boom in Oil and Natural Gas activity. With an estimated 3 billion barrels of oil in recoverable reserves, some $30 billion will be spent on developing the play in 2013 alone. With the numerous challenges facing operators in developing these plays, the implementation of a sound and effective chemical management program is quite often overlooked. Overwhelmed operators typically rely upon the chemical providers to support and implement these chemical programs, realizing too late that the ability of managing the program has slipped from their grasp.
The presentation will outline some of the key chemical challenges operators face in the Eagle Ford Shale, particularly in the area of mitigation of H2S and paraffin deposition. Using data obtained from lab audits, field trials, and advance-data analytics from field service reports, a metric-driven chemical management program can be realized. Implementing such a program provides the Operator with economic and operational efficiencies, ultimately resulting in a more reliable and consistent production portfolio.