Enhancing the performance of Xanthan gum in water-based mud systems using an environmentally friendly biopolymer

Akpan, EU ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5589-2462, Enyi, GC ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1783-2420 and Nasr, GG ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7913-5802 2020, 'Enhancing the performance of Xanthan gum in water-based mud systems using an environmentally friendly biopolymer' , Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology .

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Abstract

Xanthan gum is commonly used in drilling fluids to provide viscosity, solid suspension, and fluid-loss control. However, it is sensitive to high temperatures and not tolerant of field contaminants. This paper presents an experimental study on the effects of an eco-friendly biopolymer (diutan gum) on xanthan gum (XC) in a water-based bentonite mud. Laboratory experiments were carried out for different compositions of the biopolymers in water-based bentonite muds formulated without salt and in water-based bentonite muds containing sodium chloride (NaCl). The rheological properties of the water-based bentonite muds formulated with XC (2 Ibm) and those of the water-based bentonite muds prepared using XC (1Ibm) and diutan gum (1Ibm) were measured using Model 1100 viscometer after aging at 25 °C, 100 °C, and 120 °C for 16 h. The API fluid loss and filter cake of the mud formulations were measured using HTHP filter press. The properties of the water-based bentonite muds containing only XC were compared with those of the water-based bentonite muds containing XC and diutan gum. Presented results show that combining diutan gum and xanthan gum in a ratio of 1:1 in a water-based bentonite mud enhances its performance with respect to fluid properties—apparent viscosity, gel strength, yield points, YP/PV ratio, LSRV, n, and K. The fluid formulations also showed favorable mud cake building characteristics. Experimental data also indicate a 16%, 19%, and 34% reduction in API fluid loss values for the water-based benitoite muds containing XC in the presence of diutan gum after aging at 25 °C, 100 °C, and 120 °C for 16 h, respectively. Experimental results also show that the water-based benitoite mud containing XC and diutan gum would cause less formation damage and was tolerant of contamination with a monovalent cation (Na+). The synergy of xanthan gum and diutan gum can, therefore, improve the performance of water-based drilling fluids.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 2190-0558
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Depositing User: GC Enyi
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 09:15
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 09:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/56450

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