Acetic Acid CH3COOH In the Oil and Gas Industry
The oil and gas industry demands a wide variety of chemicals and products to optimize exploration and production. Acetic acid, also called ethanoic acid, is a two-carbon carboxylic acid that is in use throughout the oil and gas industry.
Acetic acid is a weak, but pure, organic acid, that offers corrosive properties while remaining ecologically friendly. The chemical formula for acetic acid is CH3COOH; however, it is also written as C2H4O2 or CH3CO2H.
The oil and gas industry utilizes acetic acid for a number of applications; the most important of these is oil well stimulation. The two main two types of oil well stimulation are matrix acidization (should be acidizing) and hydraulic fracturing.
• Matrix Acidizing
Acid is used within the wellborne (should be wellbore) to attack impediments without damaging the reservoir. Acetic acid works best when dealing with limestone or carbonate impediments.
• Hydraulic Fracturing
Also known as fracking, hydraulic fracturing is the process of injecting a number of fluids, including acetic acid, to crack a reservoir formation. This allows for the removal of oil and natural gas. This process has revolutionized the oil and gas industry over the past decade.
While acetic acid is not the only compound used in these processes, matrix acidizing and hydraulic fracturing would not be possible without it.
It is important to note that concentrated acetic acid is corrosive and will burn skin, cause permanent eye damage, and irritate mucous membranes. Therefore, it should always be handled with extreme care to prevent damage to living tissue.
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