Application of natural clay to formulate nontraditional completion fluid that triples oil productivity

Munawar Khalil, Badrul Mohamed Jan, Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman

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In the last decades, the problem of perforation damage has been considered as the major factor for the reduction of oil productivity. Underbalance perforation is considered as one of the best means to minimize or overcome this problem. By maintaining wellbore pressure lower than formation pressure, perforation damage could be minimize or eliminated. This can be achieved by the use of nontraditional lightweight completion fluid. This paper presents the effect of natural clay in formulating nontraditional completion fluid to ensure successful perforation job and increase of production rate. Natural clay is used as homogenizing agent to create a stable and non-damaging low-density completion fluid. Results indicate that the addition of natural clay dramatically increase the stability of the final fluids. In addition, field test has shown that the application of nontraditional completion fluid increases oil production by three folds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-537
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


  • Clay
  • Completion fluid
  • Oil production
  • Underbalance


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