Evaluation of cement thixotropy for the cement of oil wells in areas with losses: Effect of plaster and dairy of high furnaces

  • T Bouziani
  • Z Makhloufi
  • A Benmounah
  • M Bédérina
Keywords: cementing, lost circulation, thixotropy, plaster, blast furnace slag


Cementing of oil and gas wells can be a very delicate operation. Among the concerns of service  companies, during this operation are the nature and conditions of the formations in well. This is the case  of cementing operations in southern Algeria, specifically on the fields of In-Amen, where the formations in lost zones are naturally weak and highly permeable. In these areas, drilling fluids (muds and cements)  pumped will be, completely or partially lost, what we call "lost circulation". Thixotropic cements are  useful to overcome lost circulation problems. They are characterized by a special rheological behavior,  allowing it to plug lost zones when they are pumped. Our work aims to assess the thixotropy of cements perapred with two types of cement (class G Asland cement and CEM I 42.5 portland cement) with the  plaster, using a viscometer with coaxial cylinder (couette type). Moreover, the effect of blast furnace slag (LHF) on the properties and thixotropic mixtures prepared was also studied. The results show that  portland cement (available locally) can produce mixes with higher and more stable thixotropy than the  class G cement (from importation), which is a practical and economical for cementing job operations in wells with loss zones. The results also show that the effect of LHF is positive, since in addition to his  contribution to long term performances, especially the durability of hardened concrete, it improves the  thixotropy of cement made of plaster.

Keywords: cementing; lost circulation; thixotropy; plaster; blast furnace slag

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