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Energies 2011, 4(1), 140-150; doi:10.3390/en4010140

Polyethylene Glycol Drilling Fluid for Drilling in Marine Gas Hydrates-Bearing Sediments: An Experimental Study

Faculty of Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, 430074, China
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Received: 10 December 2010 / Revised: 23 December 2010 / Accepted: 14 January 2011 / Published: 19 January 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Gas Hydrate)
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Abstract

Shale inhibition, low-temperature performance, the ability to prevent calcium and magnesium-ion pollution, and hydrate inhibition of polyethylene glycol drilling fluid were each tested with conventional drilling-fluid test equipment and an experimental gas-hydrate integrated simulation system developed by our laboratory. The results of these tests show that drilling fluid with a formulation of artificial seawater, 3% bentonite, 0.3% Na2CO3, 10% polyethylene glycol, 20% NaCl, 4% SMP-2, 1% LV-PAC, 0.5% NaOH and 1% PVP K-90 performs well in shale swelling and gas hydrate inhibition. It also shows satisfactory rheological properties and lubrication at temperature ranges from −8 °C to 15 °C. The PVP K-90, a kinetic hydrate inhibitor, can effectively inhibit gas hydrate aggregations at a dose of 1 wt%. This finding demonstrates that a drilling fluid with a high addition of NaCl and a low addition of PVP K-90 is suitable for drilling in natural marine gas-hydrate-bearing sediments.
Keywords: marine gas hydrate; drilling fluid; polyethylene glycol; kinetic inhibitor marine gas hydrate; drilling fluid; polyethylene glycol; kinetic inhibitor
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Jiang, G.; Liu, T.; Ning, F.; Tu, Y.; Zhang, L.; Yu, Y.; Kuang, L. Polyethylene Glycol Drilling Fluid for Drilling in Marine Gas Hydrates-Bearing Sediments: An Experimental Study. Energies 2011, 4, 140-150.

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