Longitudinal heterogeneity effects in alkaline surfactant polymer flooding enhanced oil recovery

H.G. Al Shahri, O. Liu, M.B. Clennell, Jishan Liu, Allan Mckinley

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This paper describes experimental work to study the impact of longitudinal heterogeneity of porous medium (in terms of permeability) on the efficiency of ASP flooding that has been practiced in Enhance Oil Recovery (EOR). EOR becomes increasingly important as the globally proved crude oil reserves are being depleted. Chemical flooding is one of the tools to increase recovery; however, is still an active area for integrated research as it involves geochemistry, pore structure, microemulsion, fluid flow and chemical transport in porous media. This present study is based on the use of carefully designed heterogeneous sand packs and monitors the effect of heterogeneity on the enhanced oil recovery by ASP slug. Oil recovery measurements were made based on mass measurements. Results include the chemical profiles and its relation to EOR. The results indicate that longitudinal heterogeneities can impact EOR and the flooding of ASP slug from lower-to-higher permeability transition can mitigate the heterogeneity influence on EOR. In this experimental investigation, an enhancement of 5% (Original Oil in Place) was found when the ASP flood goes from lower-to-higher permeability transition as compared to that from higher-to-lower permeability transition. This finding can be of great importance to operators interested in implementing ASP floods.Copyright 2014 Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSPE EOR Conference at Oil and Gas, West Asia 2014 - Driving Integrated and Innovative EOR
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
ISBN (Print)9781632663184
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventSPE EOR Conference at Oil and Gas West Asia 2014 - Muscat, Oman
Duration: 31 Mar 20142 Apr 2014


ConferenceSPE EOR Conference at Oil and Gas West Asia 2014


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