Acidizing of subterranean formation using in-situ generated HF

Ibrahim Gomaa (Inventor), Mohamed Mahmoud (Inventor), Khaled Zidan (Inventor), Amjed Mohammed Hassan Sheikh Mohamed (Inventor), Dhafer Shehri (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


A method for generating hydrofluoric acid (HF) in-situ in a subterranean formation (e.g. sandstone formation) by simultaneously injecting an acid generating component having ammonium fluoride and an oxidizing agent and a heat generating component having ammonium and nitrite salts into a wellbore of the formation. The method optionally involves a pre-flush of an acid (e.g. HCl) containing solution prior to the injecting. HF is generated via an endothermic reaction of the ammonium fluoride and the oxidizing agent with the assistance of the heat provided by an exothermic reaction of the ammonium and nitrite salts. The method is effective in enhancing permeability of the formation by at least 30%.
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberUS11414593
StatePublished - 2022


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