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DGMK-Project Drilling and Completion

Electro-impulse method for the workover of a scale-narrowed borehole (EVA)

01.03.2021 - 31.05.2023
Research Center
TU Bergakademie Freiberg: Institute for Drilling Technology and Fluid Mining - Prof. Dr. M. Reich, Prof. Dr. Moh'd M. Amro, Dr. C. Freese, S. Klein
TU Dresden: Professorship for Construction Machinery - Prof. Dr. F. Will, E. Anders, M. Voigt
Project Accompaniment
Aqua2Power Sales GmbH - G. Johne
BITSz electronics GmbH - Dr. S. Schmidt
DBI Gas- und Umwelttechnik GmbH - H. Bültemeier
ExxonMobil Production Deutschland GmbH - M. Dahms
Fangmann Energy Services GmbH & Co. KG - Dr. N. Lummer
Geothermal power plant company Traunreut mbH - A. Utz
H. Anger's Söhne GmbH - U. Schindler
Pfalzwerke geofuture GmbH - J. Uhde
Thomas Werner Industrial Electronics e. Kfm. - A. Lienert
Wintershall Dea GmbH - Dr. O. Czuprat
ILEAG e. V. - M. Hohmuth
IGF Plan
21674 BR
Reason and Goal

The EVA project aims to demonstrate that typical scales in oil, gas and geothermal wells can be removed using EIV. The initial focus is on the removal of mineral scales within underground plant components such as casings, production pipes and filter pipes. The feasibility of the project will be demonstrated in a simple, laboratory-based experimental setup. In addition, a design of a workover system will be developed.


The EVA project is composed of 3 phases. In the first phase of the project, the feasibility of an EIV system for scale removal is to be demonstrated and a functional laboratory prototype developed. This prototype shall be adapted to the conditions of a well down to 5000 m depth. In the 2nd phase of the project, the laboratory prototype already developed will be further developed into a field prototype suitable for practical use, which can then be used in a real well. The most important aspects in this development will be the connectivity to existing equipment, the permanent temperature suitability, the use in deflected boreholes and the stability against the occurring mechanical loads. In the 3rd project phase, the field prototype will be further developed on the basis of the results obtained in phase 2. The focus here will be on material and performance optimisation. These will then also make it possible to further reduce the diameter of the prototype, which will enable both further bore diameters and the use for cleaning equipment above ground.


The prototype was developed and successfully tested.
The research report has been completed.

Project Status

Project Coordinator

Dr. Susanne Kuchling

Head of the Geo-Energy-Systems and Subsurface Technologies Department


IGF - Industrial Collective Research

Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection