A new approach to characterize the performance of heavy oil recovery due to various gas injection

Rostami, B ; Sharif University of Technology | 2017

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2017.10.014
  3. Publisher: Elsevier Ltd , 2017
  4. Abstract:
  5. The performance of CO2 injection into a semi-heavy oil reservoir was investigated at reservoir conditions, using highly permeable sandstone in a complete series of PVT tests and coreflooding experiments. Analysis of involved parameters such as: injection rate, injectant type and reservoir pressure were also considered. Oil viscosity reduction and oil swelling are the most influential mechanisms of enhanced oil recovery in this process. The results demonstrated that CO2 injection would decrease the interfacial tension for the high permeable medium in the absence of capillarity, but this reduction may not improve the recovery drastically. One of the main important aspects of this work is the introduction of a new empirical combined dimensionless group (dissolution number, Ndis) that helps prediction of oil recovery in any other heavy oil reservoir with high permeability of porous media. In this case, a more precise analysis could be performed by applying the dissolution number instead of capillary and/or Bond number. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd
  6. Keywords:
  7. CO2 injection ; Oil swelling ; Semi-heavy oil ; Viscosity reduction ; Carbon dioxide ; Crude oil ; Dissolution ; Enhanced recovery ; Oil well flooding ; Petroleum reservoir engineering ; Petroleum reservoirs ; Porous materials ; Viscosity ; Well flooding ; Dimensionless groups ; Enhanced oil recovery ; Heavy oil recovery ; Heavy oil reservoirs ; Oil swellings ; Reservoir conditions ; Reservoir pressures ; Heavy oil production
  8. Source: International Journal of Multiphase Flow ; 2017 ; 03019322 (ISSN)
  9. URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301932217303816