Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum Engineer's Guide to Oil Field Chemicals and Fluids

Oilfield chemical demand has risen 4.3% annually through 2011. Gains are driven by a rise in rig counts, more use of well stimulation and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods, and more deepwater drilling and production. Petroleum Engineer's Guide to Oil Field Chemicals and Fluids is a guide to the benefits and trade-offs of numerous oil field chemicals used in the petroleum and natural gas industry today.

Oil field chemicals are gaining increasing importance, as the resources of crude oil are decreasing. An increasing demand of more sophisticated methods in the exploitation of the natural resources emerges for this reason. Petroleum Engineer's Guide to Oil Field Chemicals and Fluids reviews the progress in the area of oil field chemicals and additives of the last decade from a rather chemical view. The material presented is a compilation from the literature by screening critically approximately 20,000 references. The book is ordered according to applications, just in the way how the jobs are emerging in practice. It starts with drilling, goes to productions and ends with oil spill. Several chemicals are used in multiple disciplines, and to those separate chapters are devoted. Two index registers are available, an index of chemical substances and a general index.

Condensed for readability, this manual provides users with information on oil field chemicals such as drilling muds, corrosion inhibitors gelling agents, scale inhibitors, and bacteria control. Each chapter follows the same template. In the introductory comments of each chapter a brief introduction to the chemical or polymer type is given and earlier monographs and reviews dealing with the topic are listed for quick reference. The text continues with monomers, polymerization and fabrication techniques and discusses aspects of application. After this, suppliers and commercial grades are collected, as well as safety aspects.


Petroleum Engineer, Production Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Completion Engineer, Operations Engineer, Drilling Manager, Operations Manager, Project Production Engineer

Paperback, 808 Pages

Published: May 2011

Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-12-383844-5


  • "If you are new to oil field chemicals or just not technically inclined, this book is a good first reference that introduces the what, where, how, and why of the chemicals that are used in the oil field. The book is designed for engineers; however, it would be useful for anyone not familiar with the topic in order to frame the chemistry that is applied in oil recovery."--AOCS, Inform, May 2012, Vol. 23 (5), page 302


    1. Water Soluble Polymers
    2. Drilling Muds
    3. Fluid Loss Additives
    4. Viscosity Control
    5. Clay Stabilization
    6. Microencapsulation
    7. Thickeners
    8. Recycling Additives
    9. Lubrication
    10. Bacteria Control
    11. Surfactants
    12. Corrosion Inhibitors
    13. Scale Inhibitors
    14. Gelling Agents
    15. Filter-Cake Removal
    16. Workover and Completion Fluids
    17. Cement Additives
    18. Transport
    19. Drag Reducers
    20. Gas Hydrate Control
    21. Antifreeze Agents
    22. Odorization
    23. Enhanced Oil Recovery
    24. Surfactants for flooding techniques
    25. Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids
    26. Water Shutoff
    27. Environmental Protection Chemicals
    28. Oil Spill-Treating Agents
    29. Dispersants
    30. Defoamers
    31. Demulsifiers
    32. Green Chemicals
    33. Alternative Construction Materials


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