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Publication numberUS20040256102 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/890,889
Publication dateDec 23, 2004
Filing dateJul 14, 2004
Priority dateOct 30, 2000
Also published asUS6767398, US20020073897
Publication number10890889, 890889, US 2004/0256102 A1, US 2004/256102 A1, US 20040256102 A1, US 20040256102A1, US 2004256102 A1, US 2004256102A1, US-A1-20040256102, US-A1-2004256102, US2004/0256102A1, US2004/256102A1, US20040256102 A1, US20040256102A1, US2004256102 A1, US2004256102A1
InventorsJames Trato
Original AssigneeTrato James H.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cementitious compositions and cementitious slurries for permanently plugging abandoned wells and processes and methods therefor
US 20040256102 A1
Abstract
A dry cementitious composition which when slurried with water produces an economical hydraulic cementitious slurry for closing abandoned wells. The dry cementitious composition is a cement/CKD blend as the major component with a weight ratio of parts cement to parts of CKD between about 2/3 and about 3/1. Hydraulic cementitious slurries when cured can produce hard cementitious bodies which will meet or exceed the API specification for a competent hard plug. A process for blending the cement and CKD during transit from the cement source to the off-load site without requiring further blending after off-loading. Methods are provided for determining the formulation having the cheapest cost per unit volume of hydraulic cementitious slurry thereby enabling competitive quotes based on cf of hydraulic cementitious slurry required.
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1. A process for producing a dry blended cementitious composition comprising cement and CKD that is useful for forming an effective hydraulic cementitious slurry when slurried with water, the process comprising:
(a) loading into a suitable transporting container a predetermined weight of CKD;
(b) thereafter, loading into the container at a cement source site, a predetermined weight of cement on top of the CKD, the predetermined weights producing a weight ratio of cement to CKD between about 2/3 and about 3/1; and
(c) transporting the transporting container site to an off-loading site and allowing vibration of the transporting container during transit to automatically dry blend the cement and CKD sufficiently for forming an effective hydraulic cementitious slurry when slurried with water, without requiring any further dry blending of the cement and CKD after off-loading from the transporting container.
2. The process of claim 1, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition is at least about 90% by weight cement and CKD.
3. The process of claim 1, further comprising loading the predetermined weight of CKD into the container at the cement source site that the cement is to be loaded into the container.
4. The process of claim 1, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition comprises about 40% cement and about 60% CKD.
5. The process of claim 1, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition comprises about 50% cement and about 50% CKD.
6. The process of claim 1, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition comprises about 60% cement and about 40% CKD.
7. The process of claim 1, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition comprises about 30% cement and about 70% CKD.
8. A process for producing a dry blended cementitious composition consisting of cement and CKD useful for forming an effective hydraulic cementitious slurry when slurried with water comprising:
(a) loading into a suitable transporting container a predetermined weight of CKD;
(b) thereafter, loading into the container at a cement source site, a predetermined weight of cement on top of the CKD, the predetermined weights producing a weight ratio of cement to CKD between about 2/3 and about 3/1; and
(c) transporting the transporting container site to an off-loading site and allowing vibration of the transporting container during transit to automatically dry blend the cement and CKD sufficiently for forming an effective hydraulic cementitious slurry when slurried with water, without requiring any further dry blending of the cement and CKD after off-loading from the transporting container.
9. A process for forming a hydraulic cementitious slurry effective for closing an abandoned well comprising:
(a) dry blending a predetermined amount of cement and a predetermined amount of CKD to produce a dry blended cementitious composition, the predetermined amounts of cement and CKD having a weight ratio of cement to CKD between about 2/3 and 3/1; and
(b) slurrying the dry blended cementitious composition with a predetermined amount of water sufficient to form a hydraulic cementitious slurry effective for closing an abandoned well.
10. The process of claim 9, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition is at least about 90% by weight cement and CKD.
11. The process of claim 9, further comprising loading the predetermined weight of CKD into the container at the cement source site that the cement is to be loaded into the container.
12. The process of claim 9, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition comprises about 40% cement and about 60% CKD.
13. The process of claim 9, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition comprises about 50% cement and about 50% CKD
14. The process of claim 9, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition comprises about 60% cement and about 40% CKD.
15. The process of claim 9, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition comprises about 30% cement and about 70% CKD.
16. A process for closing an abandoned well, comprising:
(a) dry blending a predetermined amount of cement and a predetermined amount of CKD to produce a dry blended cementitious composition comprising cement and CKD, wherein the predetermined amounts of cement and CKD have a weight ratio of cement to CKD between about 2/3 and 3/1;
(b) slurrying the dry blended cementitious composition with a predetermined amount of water sufficient to form a hydraulic cementitious slurry effective for closing an abandoned well;
(c) installing the hydraulic cementitious slurry in the abandoned well; and
(d) allowing the hydraulic cementitious slurry to cure in the abandoned well and form a competent hard plug.
17. The process of claim 16, wherein the dry blended cementitious composition is at least about 90% by weight cement and CKD.
18. The process of claim 16, wherein the hydraulic cementitious slurry is effective when cured in the abandoned well for forming a competent hard plug having a compressive strength of at least about 1000 psi with a maximum permeability of 0.1 millidarcey in the abandoned well.
19. A method of determining cost for supplying dry blended cement and CKD to an off-load site comprising:
(a) determining a cost of procuring a predetermined amount of cement and CKD from a cement source;
(b) determining a transportation cost for delivering the predetermined amount of cement and CKD in a dry blended condition from the cement source to the off-load site;
(c) determining a cost of off-loading the predetermined amount of cement and CKD in the dry blended condition at the off-load site; and
(d) determining a cost for supplying cement and CKD in a dry blended condition to the off-load site by summing each of the above-mentioned costs.
20. A method of determining a plurality of summed cost for supplying cement and CKD in a dry blended condition to an off-load site comprising:
(a) determining cost of procuring a predetermined amount of cement and CKD from a plurality of cement sources;
(b) determining transportation cost for delivering the predetermined amount of cement and CKD from each the plurality of cement sources to the off-load site;
(c) determining the cost of off-loading the predetermined amount of cement and CKD from each source at the off-load site; and
(d) determining cost for supplying blended dry cement and CKD to the off-load site by summing each of the above-mentioned costs for each of the cement sources thereby determining a plurality of summed costs.
21. The method of claim 20, further comprising determining a yield resulting from forming a hydraulic cementitious slurry for each of the plurality of cement sources thereby determining a plurality of yields; and
providing a price quote for supplying a predetermined amount of dry blended cement and CKD to the off-load site based on the plurality of yields and the plurality of summed costs.
22. A method of determining a lowest cost per unit volume of a hydraulic cementitious slurry comprising the steps of:
(a) determining cost of procuring a cement and a CKD in a predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD at and from a cement source;
(b) determining yields of hydraulic cementitious slurries formed by slurrying a dry cement-CKD blend having the predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD with various amounts of water;
(c) determining which of the hydraulic cementitious slurries when cured over a predetermined period of time will meet or exceed a predetermined specification; and
(d) determining a hydraulic cementitious slurry having a lowest cost per unit volume using the dry cement-CKD blend and which meets or exceeds the predetermined specification.
23. The method of claim 22, further comprising determining a cost for supplying the dry cement-CKD blend from the cement source to an off-load site using the hydraulic cementitious slurry determined to have the lowest cost per unit volume and which meets or exceeds the predetermined specification.
24. The method of claim 22, further comprising:
repeating steps (a), (b), (c) and (d) except with at least one more dry cement-CKD blend having a predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD which is different than the first mentioned predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD, and determining the hydraulic cementitious slurry having the lowest cost per unit volume with the at least one more dry cement-CKD blend; and
determining a cost for supplying one of the dry blends of the cement and the CKD from the cement source to an off-load site based on the hydraulic cementitious slurry determined to have the lowest cost per unit volume and which meets or exceeds the predetermined specification.
25. The method of claim 24, wherein the first mentioned predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD is about 2/3, and wherein the at least one more predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD is about 3/2.
26. The method of claim 25, wherein the at least one more predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD also includes a weight ratio of about 1/1.
27. The method of claim 26, wherein the predetermined specification is a cured plug having at least a predetermined compressive strength while not exceeding a predetermined maximum permeability.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application is a divisional application of application Ser. No. 10/014,653, filed Oct. 26, 2001, which claims the benefit of the priority of provisional application Ser. No. 60/244,330, filed Oct. 30, 2000 and entitled “CEMENTITIOUS COMPOSITIONS AND CEMENTITIOUS SLURRIES FOR PERMANENTLY PLUGGING ABANDONED WELLS AND PROCESSES AND METHODS THEREFOR.” Ser. No. 10/014,653 is hereby incorporated herein in its entirety.

BACKGROUND

[0002] Wells of various types after their useful lives are shut down and usually permanently plugged for a variety of reasons. Frequently, depleted hydrocarbon producing wells are required by laws to be permanently plugged for protecting aquifers and the above surface environment.

[0003] Regulations exist for plugging abandoned wells to protect both below and above surface environments and to prevent accidents from occurring at the plugged well. Such regulations often require that the plugs have a certain minimum strength and maximum liquid permeability. Governmental agencies often are required to inspect and approve hydrocarbon well closures before the wells can be officially certified as closed. For example, in the State of California the certifying agency is the Department of Conservation, Division of Oil and Gas.

[0004] Although approved well-closure compositions exists, since permanently plugged wells are no longer a source of income, there is a strong economic incentive to permanently plug such wells as cheaply as possible. This invention is directed to cheaper cementitious compositions for permanently plugging wells, processes of preparation of such compositions, processes for applying such compositions, and methods having advantages of reducing the costs of such operations including estimating cost and markup or bid prices.

[0005] In the abandonment of hydrocarbon wells, hydraulic cementitious slurries are used to create hard plugs in the wellbore which are effective for permanently closing the well. Specialized equipment is used to inject the slurry into the well at surface level. Under pressure the slurry is forced to the bottom of the well and into the subterranean porosity zone. As the slurry fills in at the well bottom, sufficient resistance is met to cause the slurry to lift vertically towards the surface. Based on the diameter and depth of a given well, the volume of hydraulic cementitious slurry required to close a particular well can be calculated. The slurry must produce upon curing a vertical hard plug to a level of 100 ft. above the subterranean porosity zone.

[0006] The performance of a given slurry mix for hydrocarbon well closure is required to meet the American Petroleum Institute (“API”) specification for a competent hard plug. As defined by API, a hard plug must meet and maintain a compressive strength of 1000 psi and have a maximum permeability of 0.1 millidarcy (“md”)

[0007] Many hydrocarbon production companies contract well abandonment work to service organizations that specialize in well closure services. These service organizations use approved cementitious materials in the slurry mixes for placing and forming the competent hard plugs. G series Portland cement and minus 200 sieve silica product are currently approved materials for well plug slurries. By the term “silica product” as used herein is meant a solid material whose major component is silica and is widely used in hydraulic cements. Generally in such silica products the amount of silica exceeds about 95% and is usually about 98% to about 99%. As used herein, the term silica product does not included cement kiln dust (“CKD”). These materials are relatively high cost products individually when compared to the dry cementitious solids of this invention. A typical silica product suitable for forming hydraulic cementitious slurries is from about minus 90 mesh silica sand to about minus 200 mesh silica powder.

[0008] In current conventional well abandonment operations, G Series Portland cement is obtained from cement manufacturers and the silica product from other manufacturers at other locations. Transportation cost from two different locations are incurred. Before the cement and silica product are used to form the hydraulic cementitious slurry they must be blended, and thereafter slurried with water, before pumping down the well, as illustrated in FIG. 1.

SUMMARY

[0009] Accordingly, this invention is directed to less costly dry cementitious solids for slurry use and a process for blending such dry cementitious solids which have the advantage of greatly reducing the cost of hydrocarbon well abandonment and closing.

[0010] In general this invention is directed towards dry cementitious solids comprising cement kiln dust (“CKD”) and cement; hydraulic cementitious slurries produced from such dry cementitious solids; the solid cementitious compositions resulting from the curing of such hydraulic cementitious slurries; processes for making and using such materials; methods of blending the dry cementitious solids prior to slurrying; and methods for estimating and reducing cost and estimating price markup in well closure operations using the CKD-containing formulations of this invention.

[0011] CKD is a waste material generated in cement manufacture. CKD is a partially calcined kiln feed which is removed from the gas stream and collected in a dust collector. Chemical analysis of CKD from cement manufacturers usually varies depending on the particular feed. Variations also exist from one manufacture to another depending in part on the efficiencies of the cement production operation and the associated dust collection systems. Typically, the major oxides found in CKD's are SiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, CaO, MgO, SO3, Na2O and K2O. Chemical analysis of some CKD's are found in U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,432,800 and Re.33,747 which are hereby incorporated herein by reference. Such variations, however, do not have any detrimental effects on the usefulness and performance of this invention.

[0012] CKD is available from a number of cement manufacturers at a price significantly lower than the cost of materials currently being used in cementitious slurries for hydrocarbon well closures. Type II Portland cement is cheaper than G Series Portland cement by about $2.00 per ton based on raw cost. Since the resulting hard cores produced by this invention using Type II Portland cement meet or exceed all requirements of API for a competent hard plug, Type II Portland cement is preferred only for achieving better economics. Of course, if desired the more expensive G Series Portland cement can also be used. In fact, any type of cement can be used in this invention.

[0013] In the economics of hydrocarbon abandonment service contracts, the profits are determined by a charged cost per cubic foot (“cf”) of slurry, which in turn is determined by the choice of materials, the transportation cost, and the blending cost. This invention is also directed to processes for reducing the cost of well closures.

[0014] CKD is made available by a number of cement manufactures so that both the CKD and the cement can be obtained from the same source essentially at the same source location thereby reducing transportation cost. CKD is often regarded as a waste product of the cement industry having limited use elsewhere.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0015]FIG. 1 is a flow diagram for a process for producing a blended cementitious slurry of cement and silica into an abandoned well.

[0016]FIG. 2 is a flow diagram for a process for producing a hydraulic cementitious slurry formed from a cement-CKD blend into an abandoned well.

[0017]FIG. 3 is a flow diagram for a method of determining a markup price for providing a cement-CKD blend to an off-load site.

[0018]FIG. 4 is a flow diagram for a process for producing and transporting a cement-CKD blend to an off-load site.

[0019]FIG. 5 is a flow diagram for a process for producing and transporting a cement-CKD blend to an off-load site and for closing a well.

[0020]FIG. 6 is a diagram for a method of determining cost per unit volume of the hydraulic cementitious slurry.

PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0021]FIG. 2 illustrates one embodiment of this invention producing a slurry effective for injection into an abandoned well intended to be closed.

[0022] In this invention blending of the dry cementitious solids is achieved by loading in a suitable transporting container a predetermined weight of CKD and, thereafter, loading in the same container, a predetermined weight of cement on top of the CKD. The amount of CKD and cement corresponds to a predetermined ratio of such dry cementitious solids. In other words, the loaded dry cementitious solids in the container have the predetermined weight ratio of “cement/CKD” required for preparing the final hydraulic cementitious slurry by merely adding water and slurrying for use in a particular well.

[0023] In one embodiment of this invention, blending of the dry cementitious solids is accomplished automatically during transportation at no additional cost by taking advantage of the different specific gravities and bulk densities of CKD and cement. For example, Type II Portland cement has a specific gravity (“SG”) of about 3.14 and a bulk density of about 94 lbs/cf. On an average CKD has a SG of from about 2.6 to about 2.9 and a bulk density of from about 48 to about 55 lbs/cf. The CKD variations result from differences in raw kiln feed, cement production efficiencies and associated CKD collection systems that exist from-one cement manufacturer to another and from one kiln to another kiln of the same cement manufacturer. Such CKD variations do not have any detrimental effects that prevent their use in this invention.

[0024] The particle size of both the cement and CKD are in a range of from about 300 to about 325 sieve mesh. On average transportation of the dry cementitious solids will be in the range of 50 to 100 miles as measured from the cement source site to the off-load site. Normal vibration generated during such travel will cause some of the heavier density cement to work its way down in the container thereby displacing some of the lighter density CKD and causing the CKD to rise, thereby blending the materials in the container automatically while in transit sufficiently for slurrying with water without further blending after off-loading. Pneumatic off-loadable trucks and railroad cars, for example, have containers suitable for transportation of such dry cementitious solids. Just prior to off-loading the dry cementitious solids the containers are aerated or purged to remix any concentration of cement in the bed of the container.

[0025] In this invention, the blending of CKD and cement, preferably Type II Portland cement, in specific ratios, when slurried with water in predetermined amounts, will produce a variety of slurries that will achieve a compressive strength at least of 1000 psi and meet or exceed all requirements of API for a competent hard plug.

[0026] Accordingly, there is provided by the principles of this invention, novel cementitious compositions and hydraulic cementitious slurries using CKD as one of the major components thereof.

[0027] In one embodiment of this invention, the cement is Type II Portland cement, however, any type of cement can be used if desired.

[0028] In another embodiment of this invention, the CKD has at least about 10% free lime as determined by analysis. All percents herein, unless otherwise specified, are weight percents. By the term “free lime” as used herein is meant calcium existing in the form of calcium oxide, i.e. Cao.

[0029] In still another embodiment of this invention, the CKD has at least about 40% CaO as determined by analysis on an oxide basis.

[0030] In one embodiment of this invention, a dry cementitious composition is provided, which when slurried with water, is effective for permanently plugging a well. The dry cementitious composition comprises CKD and cement as the major components. In a further embodiment, the CKD is at least about 40% by weight of the dry cementitious composition. In another further embodiment, the cement is at least about 40% by weight of the dry cementitious composition.

[0031] In another embodiment, the dry cementitious composition is about 50% by weight CKD, and about 50% by weight cement.

[0032] In still another embodiment, the dry cementitious composition is about 60% by weight CKD and about 40% by weight cement.

[0033] In one embodiment of this invention, a dry cementitious composition is provided which comprises cement and CKD as major components and which also has a weight ratio of parts of cement to parts of CKD between about 2/3 and 3/1.

[0034] In further embodiment, the dry cementitious composition is at least about 70% by weight cement and CKD. In a still further embodiment, the dry cementitious composition is at least about 90% by weight cement and CKD.

[0035] In further embodiment, the dry cementitious composition has a weight ratio of parts of cement to parts of CKD between about 2/3 and about 7/3, and preferably between about 2/3 and about 3/2.

[0036] In hot wells, to prevent boiling of the hydraulic cementitious slurry, the slurry can also contain a predetermined amount of silica flour. Silica flour is fine silica, generally about minus 325 mesh.

[0037] In a further embodiment, the dry cementitious composition also contains silica flour. In a still further embodiment, the dry cementitious composition has a weight ratio of parts of silica flour to parts of cement of from about 0.30 to about 0.40.

[0038] In the cement industry, the unit weight of dry cement and cementitious materials is a “sack.” A sack is defined as 94 lbs. of dry cementitious material. Thus a sack can contain only cement, or a mixture of cement and CKD, or a mixture of any other cementitious formulation.

[0039] Examples of the formulations of three embodiments of this invention are shown in Table I. Tested hard plugs produced by this invention in accordance with the formulations in Table I, meet or exceed API specifications.

TABLE I
Formulation A B C
Dry cementitious materials:
% cement 40 50 60
% CKD 60 50 40
Gallons of water per sack: 6.5  8 10

[0040] Table II illustrates load data of laboratory tested cores prepared from formulations of this invention, where CKD and cement from Source I of Table IV have been used to prepare hard cores. Tests of the hard cores in Table II were conducted in accordance with ASTM C-39 specification.

[0041] Table II shows that the compressive strengths of cured samples produced by this invention increases with curing time. In these examples, the SG of the Type II Portland cement was 3.14 and the SG of the CKD was 2.8.

[0042] Yield (“Y”) is the cubic feet of slurry produced per sack of cementitious material after slurrying with a predetermined amount of water. In this case the sack is a 94 lb mixture of cement and CKD. Density of the slurry is usually expressed in lb/cf. Usually both yield and density are calculated. The calculated yield is the sum of the volumes of each component per sack which at ambient conditions is equal to 0.01506 × ( % cement SG cement + % CKD SG CKD ) + 0.1337 × ( gal . of water ) Eq . 1

[0043] The calculated density (“D”) is the sum of the weights of each component per sack divided by the sum of the volumes of each component per sack, which is equal to

(94 lb+{8.337×(gal. of water)})/Y  Eq. 2

[0044] Payment is usually based on the number of cubic feet of slurry used for a well closure operation. Therefore, for a given load and compressive strength requirement for closure of a given well, the cementitious slurry which is the cheapest per cf, while still meeting particular requirements for the well, is economically advantageous for a well closure operation. The cementitious slurry which is the cheapest includes the cost of the cementitious composition from the cement manufacturer, the cost of blending, and the cost of transportation and off-loading at the off-loading site. In this invention, however, there is no cost of blending since blending of the cement and CKD is achieved automatically during transit from the cement manufacture to the off-load site. Both sack cost and yield are factors in determining the cementitious composition cost. This invention also provides a method of estimating such cost and markup prices.

[0045] Table III is an example of the yields and densities of typical prior art formulations using G Series Portland cement and silica product as the cementitious materials which when mixed with water produced a cementitious slurry which meets API specifications. In this example the SG of the G Series Portland cement is 3.15 and the SG of the silica product is 2.65. The bulk density of the G Series Portland cement is 94 lb/cf and the bulk density of the silica product is 74 lb/cf. The typical cost per cf of just the raw ingredients, i.e. exclusive of transportation and blending, is estimated to range from about $1.06 to about $1.55.

[0046] Table IV shows the chemical analysis on a major oxide bases of several typical CKD by different cement manufacturers. This data was supplied by Sources I, II and III, and taken from U.S. Pat. No. 4,432,800 for Sources IV, V and VI. Slurries produced by this invention using the CKD from these sources will meet or exceed API specifications. Although almost any CKD from any cement manufacturer can be used in this invention with adjustment of the cement to CKD ratio, CKD from some sources will be preferred over others depending on the particular chemistry of the CKD and/or the cost of transportation.

[0047] There is also provided by the principles of this invention a method for determining a price for providing a mixture of CKD and cement to a well site comprising determining the cost of CKD and cement at a manufacturer's site, determining the cost of transportation of the mixture from the same manufacturer's site to an off-load site, determining the total slurry cost of providing the mixture of CKD and cement to the off-load site, and determining a markup price for the mixture off-loaded at the off-load site as illustrated in FIG. 3.

[0048] There is also provided by the principles of this invention a process of forming a blended mixture of CKD and cement comprising adding CKD to a container suitable for shipping cementitious materials from a manufacturer's site to an off-load site, thereafter, adding cement to the same container on top of the cement at the same manufacturer's site, and transporting the cementitious materials in the container to the off-load site while allowing natural vibration during the transporting to blend the CKD and cement as illustrated in FIG. 4.

[0049] There is also provided by the principles of this invention a process for closing a well comprising providing a mixture of CKD and cement at a well site, slurrying the mixture of CKD and cement with water, pumping a sufficient amount of the slurry down the well to fill the well, and curing the mixture in the well to form a cementitious competent hard plug in the well as illustrated in FIG. 5.

[0050] Accordingly, as illustrated in FIG. 6, there is also provided by the principles of this invention a method of determining a lowest cost per unit volume of a hydraulic cementitious slurry comprising determining cost of procuring a cement and a CKD in a predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD at and from a cement source. Then determining yields of hydraulic cementitious slurries formed by slurrying a dry cement-CKD blend having the predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD with various amounts of water.

[0051] Then determining which of the hydraulic cementitious slurries when cured over a predetermined period of time will meet or exceed a predetermined specification, and then determining a hydraulic cementitious slurry having a lowest cost per unit volume using the dry cement-CKD blend and which meets or exceeds the predetermined specification.

[0052] In a further embodiment, the method also includes determining a cost for supplying the dry cement-CKD blend from the cement source to an off-load site using the hydraulic cementitious slurry determined to have the lowest cost per unit volume and which meets or exceeds the predetermined specification.

[0053] In another further embodiment, the method includes repeating the above determinations for other ratios of cement to CKD. For example, determining cost of procuring the cement and the CKD in another predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD at and from the same cement source. Then determining yields of hydraulic cementitious slurries formed by slurrying a dry cement-CKD blend having the new predetermined weight ratio of cement to CKD with various amounts of water.

[0054] Then determining which of the hydraulic cementitious slurries when cured over a predetermined period of time will meet or exceed the same predetermined specification, and then determining a hydraulic cementitious slurry having a lowest cost per unit volume using the new dry cement-CKD blend and which meets or exceeds the predetermined specification. At this stage in the method the lowest cost hydraulic cementitious slurry has been determined for slurries with two cement-CKD blends from the same sort but with different ratios of cement to CKD. Unless there are other factors to consider, the method now calls for selecting the cement-CKD blend which results in the lowest cost for producing a hydraulic cementitious slurry which meets or exceeds the predetermined specification.

[0055] The method can be repeated for yet another cement-CKD blend having another ratio of cement to CKD. For example, three dry cement-CKD blend which are particularly useful are 2/3, 1/1 and 3/2 parts of cement to parts of CKD where the hydraulic cementitious slurry to be produced is to be used for closing wells. This invention, however, is not limited just to the closing of wells and other uses of the hydraulic cementitious slurries of this invention can of course be used for different purposes. Such other purposes can have different specifications for the resulting cured product.

[0056] While the preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described, various changes, adaptations and modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit of the invention and the scope of the appended claims. The present disclosure and embodiments of this invention described herein are for purposes of illustration and example and modifications and improvements may be made thereto without departing from the spirit of the invention or from the scope of the claims. The claims, therefore, are to be accorded a range of equivalents commensurate in scope with the advances made over the art.

TABLE II
MATERIAL BLENDS FOR SP 50 SLURRY MIX
COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH IN PSI
CEMENT CKD WATER DENSITY 24 HOUR 7 DAY 14 DAY 28 DAY YIELD COST
70% 30% 10 97.41 ND ND ND ND 1.82 $1.31
60% 40% 6.5 108.14 1310 2740 ND ND 1.37 $1.55
60% 40% 7 105.77 1270 2480 ND ND 1.44 $1.47
60% 40% 8 102.31 ND ND ND 1340 1.57 $1.35
60% 40% 9 99.39  510 1180 ND 1270 1.7  $1.24
60% 40% 10 96.88 ND  670 ND 1080 1.83 $1.16
50% 50% 6.5 107.35 1095 2130 ND ND 1.38 $1.33
50% 50% 8 102.32 ND ND ND 1240 1.57 $1.16
40% 60% 7 105.04 ND ND ND 1430 1.45 $1.06
40% 60% 8 101.67 ND ND ND ND 1.58 $0.98

[0057]

TABLE III
APPROVED MATERIALS UTILIZED IN SLURRY MIXES
PRIOR ART FOR WELL SLURRY MEETING API SPECIFICATIONS
CEMENT SILICA WATER DENSITY COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH IN PSI YEILD COST
50% 50% 8 101.03 MEETS API SPECIFICATIONS 1.59 $2.32
50% 50% 9 98.23 MEETS API SPECIFICATIONS 1.72 $2.15

[0058]

TABLE IV
TYPICAL CHEMICAL ANAYLSIS FOR CEMENT KILN
DUSTS
CEMENT KILN DUST SOURCE
SOURCE OF CKD I II III IV V VI
INGREDIENT % % % % % %
SiO2 12.3 17.19 17.61 9.9 22.4 14.6
Al2O3 3 4.34 4.25 3.1 10 3.4
Fe2O3 1.3 2.13 1.48 1.2 4.1 2.2
CaO 52.6 43.49 62.49 47.6 19.4 46.5
MgO 1.4 0.7 1.18 1.3 0.6 2
SO3 3.7 1.34 8.79 0.9 10.1 5
Na2O 0.1 0.43 ND 0.1 0.9 0.9
K2O 2.4 1.44 2.86 1.1 14.1 5.1
LOSS ON IGNITION 23.3 29.6 ND 31.6 13.2 21.4
FREE LIME 16.9 ND ND ND ND ND

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Classifications
U.S. Classification166/292
International ClassificationC09K8/42, C04B28/02, G06Q10/00
Cooperative ClassificationC09K8/428, C09K8/426, G06Q10/08, C04B2290/00, C04B28/02
European ClassificationG06Q10/08, C04B28/02, C09K8/42S, C09K8/42P