Incorporation of viscosity scaling group into analysis of MPMS index for laboratory characterization of wettability of reservoir rocks

Mirzaei Paiaman, A ; Sharif University of Technology | 2017

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1007/s13202-016-0231-0
  3. Publisher: Springer Verlag , 2017
  4. Abstract:
  5. Wettability is a key parameter affecting petrophysical properties of reservoir rocks. Mirzaei-Paiaman et al. (Energy Fuels 27:7360–7368, 2013) presented an index (referred to as MPMS) for laboratory characterization of wettability of native- or restored-state reservoir rock samples. To use this index two counter-current spontaneous imbibition (COUCSI) experiments are needed, one on the native- or restored-state core sample and another on the strongly water-wet (SWW) reference system. Slope analysis of recovery data in these two systems gives inputs for determination of MPMS index. The two systems must have the same pore structure, initial water saturation, and viscosity ratio. The case of high viscosity reservoir crude needs the reference COUCSI test to be performed using a high viscosity polar compounds-free oil. Such test could be very slow and time consuming. The purpose of this study is to remove the need for limiting condition of the same viscosity ratio between the two systems, so that the reference experiment could be performed using any viscosity ratio independent of viscosity ratio of the native- or restored-state system. Thus, in the case of high viscosity reservoir crude, the reference test can be conducted using a low viscosity oil. Such test is relatively very fast and time efficient. We do this by benefiting the viscosity scaling group (VSG) proposed by Mason et al. (J Pet Sci Eng 72:195–205, 2010). Using experimental data from three sets of mixed-wet systems, we show that applicability of this VSG is not limited to SWW systems only. This VSG is used to relax the need for the limiting condition of the same viscosity ratio between the native- or restored-state and reference systems in the MPMS method. Using two sets of experimental data, we show that acceptable results are observed when comparing the MPMS indices estimated by the proposed technique and the original MPMS method. © 2016, The Author(s)
  6. Keywords:
  7. MPMS ; Spontaneous imbibition ; Viscosity ratio ; Petroleum reservoirs ; Restoration ; Rocks ; Wetting ; MPMS ; Scaling group ; Viscosity ratios ; Wettability index ; Viscosity
  8. Source: Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology ; Volume 7, Issue 1 , 2017 , Pages 205-216 ; 21900558 (ISSN)
  9. URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13202-016-0231-0