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Locus Bio-Energy launches biosurfactant technology for enhanced wellbore remediation

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Locus Bio-Energy recently launched AcidBoost– a biosurfactant-based product line to address the prevalent challenges in wellbore remediation with acid stimulation fluid systems. The biosurfactant technology allows operators to use a single acid additive.

Wellbore remediation with acid-based fluid systems is critical for eliminating carbonate scales, controlling iron deposition and removing formation damage to restore production rates. The process typically requires multiple stages to successfully incorporate the required chemical package needed for acidising.

AcidBoost was specifically designed with unique, multifunctional properties to mitigate the lengthy and complex process often needed to ensure chemical compatibility. The biosurfactant-based microemulsion is effective as both a surfactant and a detergent at low concentrations, making single stage deployment of acid, surfactant and solvent possible. This allows operators to reduce multi-step processes into a single, efficient application.

“By simplifying wellbore remediation treatments, AcidBoost helps operators bring their wells back into profitable production with less downtime,” said Megan Pearl, Vice President of Technology at Locus BE. “It enables an easier, more efficient process that also improves performance.”

AcidBoost’s robust detergency power efficiently removes oil from the reservoir rock, optimising the surface for acidising. Moreover, AcidBoost’s strong demulsification and wettability alteration leave the system emulsion-free and in a water-wet state. As a result, the acid treatment achieves better penetration and reactivity, ultimately delivering more effective remediation for improved production rates.

The product offers operators a comprehensive and highly efficient solution using sustainable biosurfactant technology.

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