Technical and Economical Potential for Application of Solar Energy in Enhanced Oil Recovery

Najafi, Homayoun | 2018

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  1. Type of Document: M.Sc. Thesis
  2. Language: Farsi
  3. Document No: 51809 (06)
  4. University: Sharif University of Technology
  5. Department: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  6. Advisor(s): Ayatollahi, Shahabodin; Soltanieh, Mohammad
  7. Abstract:
  8. In this thesis, the application of solar energy in the steam injection as a thermal enhanced oil recovery (TEOR) is evaluated. The motivations of this project are using a renewable energy, suitable solar potential of Iran, successful experience in the world, undeveloped heavy oilfield reservoirs in Iran. This application is investigated by three aspects which are:Reservoir Engineering aspect: the heavy oilfield are determined and then screening for selection good candidate of steam injection are done. One of the reservoirs is analyzed by simulation and optimization the steam injection to determine how much it’s production will be improved by using steam injection (contionous and cyclic) as thermal enhanced oil recovery method, Solar engineering and environmental aspect: in the selected oilfields solar insolation and environmental property are determined , then a solar unit for providing necessary energy is designed and it’s performance in the different scenarios which includes natural gas combination, is analyzed, Economical and environmental assessment: the last aspect is economical and environmental feasibility assessment. It is done by comparison different scenario according to their economic and environmental effects. The results show that the solar thermal unit (especially parabolic trough units(CSP)) can be used successfully as a source of energy in the cyclic steam injection(Huff & Puff) in the selected oilfield, but it needs a more initial investment in comparison with the conventional way of burning natural gas
  9. Keywords:
  10. Economic and Technical Study ; Enhanced Oil Recovery ; Concentrated Solar Power ; Solar Energy ; Steam Injection ; Thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery ; Cyclic Injection

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