James D. Ashford - Anchorage AK
Terry W. Harrison - Anchorage AK
James K. Eastlack - Anchorage AK
Curtis G. Blount - Wasilla AK
Gary D. Herring - Anchorage AK
David R. Underdown - Plano TX
Atlantic Richfield Company - Los Angeles CA
A squeeze cementing method wherein the well tubing does not have to be pulled from the well so no workover rig is needed; a smaller volume of squeeze cement is required; the pressures involved in the squeeze operation can be precisely controlled with no risk of fracturing the formation; and there is no need for any drilling operations to remove hardened cement remaining in the well casing. More specifically, the present invention provides a squeeze cement operation that is carried out with a coiled tubing. The wellbore is isolated adjacent the perforations by flowing a packing fluid having a density greater than the cement through the coiled tubing to fill the lower part of the wellbore. An incompressible loading fluid is then flowed onto the packing liquid and this is followed by pumping the squeeze cement down the coiled tubing. After the cement is placed, a contaminating liquid is flowed down the coiled tubing to mix with the cement left in the casing and prevent it from setting.