Integrated Environmental Technologies has developed an oil well treatment protocol that it says increases oil production and reduces hydrogen sulfide, iron sulfide scales, bacteria and bacterial deposits present in oil wells.
The protocol consists of a dual treatment regimen that uses the company’s Excelyte and Catholyte Zero products.
Excelyte, an EPA-certified frac fluid, targets and eliminates hydrogen sulfide and “leaves behind no ecological footprint,” the company says. Catholyte Zero products are environmentally safe cleansers and degreasers for oil and gas, janitorial, sanitation and food processing uses.
Initial tests were performed in the West Texas Region of the Permian Basin on five stripper wells, which are typically defined as oil wells producing 10 barrels of oil per day or less. The results showed that this new dual treatment reduced hydrogen sulfide and bacteria and their deposits present in the five wells and increased the production volumes of the wells by about 75 percent after one month of treatment.
The company says this dual treatment provides operators of stripper wells with an important tool to substantially increase production and profitability of these wells — which is important in this low oil price environment where operators are forced to consider shutting in their wells due to economic considerations.
Integrated Environmental Technologies says more than 400,000 stripper wells in the US could benefit from the dual treatment with about 140,000 of these wells in Texas alone.
The company also says its dual treatment regimen can be adapted to treat and clean oil and gas pipelines more safely than other chemical treatments.