Low salinity injection into asphaltenic-carbonate oil reservoir, mechanistical study

Lashkarbolooki, M ; Sharif University of Technology

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1016/j.molliq.2016.01.051
  3. Abstract:
  4. The impacts of salinity adjustment of displacing fluid have recently gained special attention to enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Different mechanisms have been studied widely in the literature while some of them are still subjugated to more scrutiny. The effects of diluted sea water on the interfacial properties of brine and asphaltenic-acidic crude oil and the wettability alteration of carbonate reservoir rock are investigated in this experimental observational work. The measurements of interfacial tension (IFT) and contact angle (CA) as two main parameters are studied. Besides, the effects of asphaltene and resin in the crude oil on the IFT values between the crude oil and aqueous solution are investigated. The experimental results show that the lowest IFT values are obtained at high salinity conditions, while the surface rock wettability alterations are observed at low salinity conditions. Based on the obtained results, a combined mechanism is proposed to describe the wettability alteration towards more water wet at low salt conditions
  5. Keywords:
  6. Contact angle ; Mechanism ; Crude oil ; Mechanisms ; Oil well flooding ; Petroleum reservoir engineering ; Petroleum reservoirs ; Seawater ; Solutions ; Wetting ; Carbonate oil reservoirs ; Different mechanisms ; Enhanced oil recovery ; EOR ; IFT ; Interfacial property ; Low salinity ; Wettability alteration ; Enhanced recovery
  7. Source: Journal of Molecular Liquids ; Volume 216 , 2016 , Pages 377-386 ; 01677322 (ISSN)
  8. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167732216301088