Frequently Asked Questions

MaxFlow will batch-treat treat tanks with specialized chemicals that will cause solids to fall to the bottom over a 24-hour period. MaxFlow will return after 24 hours and grab oil samples from the top, middle, and load line of the tank then run shake out to determine BS&W.

MaxFlow’s primary objective when taking over the treatment of the disposal well is:

  1. Provide adequate water clarity
  2. Slow bacteria growth
  3. Control pad/interface growth
  4. Provide sellable skim oil off gunbarrel into an oil sales tank without having to do additional treatment
  5. Prevent high volume of filter sock change-outs per shift
  6. Maintain our lower well pressure for higher injection rates
  7. Scale and corrosion protection
  8. Most important, customer satisfaction at the lowest cost possible.

A proper running system, along with an effective chemical program should provide clean oil off gunbarrel into an oil sales tank. The rule of thumb is to keep a minimum of 2 feet of oil in gunbarrel at all times and skim anything above that. By doing this, typically, skim oil will be sales-ready with no extra treatment required.

Yes, it’s possible to control and slow pad growth, but it's almost impossible to prevent it from happening. The most common type of pad/interface especially in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford consists of iron sulfide and solid residuals from flowback and produced water. If not properly treated, the combination of iron sulfides and residual suspended solids from production wells along with gels and other completion fluids will bond together and begin to form pads. Using the right chemical program and constantly dissolving the iron precipitants will prevent pads/interfaces from getting out of control.

Yes, having large pads/interfaces will definitely affect your oil sales. Oil has a tendency to cling to solids so if you have pads you have oil tied up in it. It may not look like oil is trapped in the interface from the surface but if you were to treat these pads and dissolve the acid solubles oil would migrate to the top of the tank breaking away from the interface. MaxFlow is second to none when it comes to controlling pads/interface and producing higher skim oil numbers for customers.

Typically, the industry standard is keeping free oil below 300 ppm. At MaxFlow our goal is to keep it below 100 ppm, and the majority of our results are below 50 ppm. Keeping free oil from being pumped down well is a high priority within this company.

When a chemical program is started, MaxFlow expects its products to be effective. One of the items promised to the customer is controlling pads/interface in water holding vessels. By controlling these pads/interfaces, it allows gunbarrel to produce sellable skim oil, prevents oil from clinging to solids, and provides suitable water clarity. The way to gauge your success in controlling pads/interface is to perform tank audits. Pad depth, skim oil, and water clarity throughout the tank and bottoms are the four things we consider, document, and compare to determine the success of our treatment.

Freshwater, scale buildup, solids, and tight formations are just some of the reasons well pressure increases. MaxFlow provides a chemical program that prevents scale build-up in pumps, pipes, and perforations, as well as controlling pads/interfaces. While also providing chemicals preventing solids from migrating into the well that has a slick water compound to allow water to flow more easily into tight formations. This treatment will maintain and in many cases, lower well pressure for higher injection rates.

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