Wells in a field offshore South East Sumatra, Indonesia, produce oil at very high rates and water cut. Under these conditions the reservoir is susceptible to fines migration with the associated pore plugging and production decline. Conventional acid treatments to dissolve fines in the near well bore have been effective for limited periods. However after some days or weeks of production, rates have been observed to fall as fines once again migrate, accumulate and plug the formation and gravel pack. Retarded mud acid formulations -that claim fines stabilization- have also been put into practice in an attempt to solve the problem. These formulations have also been ineffective and fines migration remained an unsolved problem.

A novel technique to inhibit fines migration through the "Surface Adsorption Polymerization" technique has been used to stabilize the fines around the borehole. The technique is a three-stage process that results in fines being coated with a solid thin polymer film that is stable at high flow (shear) rate locking the fines in place. The validity of the approach has been confirmed with flow tests in cores from the field under study, and has been validated by field results. This paper presents the process followed to implement this technique in the field, case histories and production data of the treated wells.

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