Activating solution gas drive as an extra oil production mechanism after carbonated water injection

Shakiba, M ; Sharif University of Technology | 2020

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2020.07.026
  3. Publisher: Materials China , 2020
  4. Abstract:
  5. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods are mostly based on different phenomena taking place at the interfaces between fluid–fluid and rock–fluid phases. Over the last decade, carbonated water injection (CWI) has been considered as one of the multi-objective EOR techniques to store CO2 in the hydrocarbon bearing formations as well as improving oil recovery efficiency. During CWI process, as the reservoir pressure declines, the dissolved CO2 in the oil phase evolves and gas nucleation phenomenon would occur. As a result, it can lead to oil saturation restoration and subsequently, oil displacement due to the hysteresis effect. At this condition, CO2 would act as in-situ dissolved gas into the oil phase, and play the role of an artificial solution gas drive (SGD). In this study, the effect of SGD as an extra oil recovery mechanism after secondary and tertiary CWI (SCWI-TCWI) modes has been experimentally investigated in carbonate rocks using coreflood tests. The depressurization tests resulted in more than 25% and 18% of original oil in place (OOIP) because of the SGD after SCWI and TCWI tests, respectively. From the ultimate enhanced oil recovery point of view, the efficiency of SGD was observed to be more than one-third of that of CWI itself. Furthermore, the pressure drop data revealed that the system pressure depends more on the oil production pattern than water production. © 2020 Elsevier B.V
  6. Keywords:
  7. Carbonated water ; CO2 capture ; Gas nucleation ; Carbonation ; Digital storage ; Efficiency ; Injection (oil wells) ; Offshore oil well production ; Oil bearing formations ; Petroleum industry ; Petroleum reservoirs ; Secondary recovery ; Activating solutions ; Depressurizations ; Enhanced oil recovery ; Oil recovery efficiency ; Oil recovery mechanisms ; Original oil in places ; Reservoir pressures ; Solution gas drive ; Enhanced recovery
  8. Source: Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering ; Volume 28, Issue 11 , 2020 , Pages 2938-2945
  9. URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1004954120303797