Improved efficiency of miscible CO{sub 2} floods and enhanced prospects for CO{sub 2} flooding heterogeneous reservoirs

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This project examines three major areas in which CO{sub 2} flooding can be improved: fluid and matrix interactions, conformance control, sweep efficiency, and reservoir simulation for improved oil recovery. This report discusses the activity during the calendar quarter covering October 1, 1999 through December 31, 1999 that covers mostly the second fiscal quarter of the project's third year. Injectivity experiments were performed on two Indian limestone cores. In tests on the first core, a variety of brine, CO{sub 2} WAG, and oil contaminant injection schemes indicated infectivity reduction due to phase conditions and contamination. The results are only quantitative because ... continued below

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Grigg, Reid B.; Schechter, David S.; Chang, Shih-Hsien (Eric); Tsau, Jyun-Syung & Svec, Robert K. February 4, 2000.

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This project examines three major areas in which CO{sub 2} flooding can be improved: fluid and matrix interactions, conformance control, sweep efficiency, and reservoir simulation for improved oil recovery. This report discusses the activity during the calendar quarter covering October 1, 1999 through December 31, 1999 that covers mostly the second fiscal quarter of the project's third year. Injectivity experiments were performed on two Indian limestone cores. In tests on the first core, a variety of brine, CO{sub 2} WAG, and oil contaminant injection schemes indicated infectivity reduction due to phase conditions and contamination. The results are only quantitative because of plugging and erosion in the core. To date, tests on the second core have investigated the effects of long-term brine stability on the reduction of fluid-rock interaction, in order to quantify fluid effects on infectivity. The authors continue to develop a new approach in reservoir simulation to improve the history matching process on clusters of PCs. The main objective was to improve simulation of complex improved oil recovery methods, such as CO{sub 2}-foam for mobility control and sweep enhancements. Adsorption experiments using circulation and flow-through methods were used to determine the loss of surfactants for economic evaluation. A sacrificial agent, lignosulfonate, was used to reduce the adsorption of the primary foaming agent in both Berea sandstone and Indian limestone. The lignosulfonate has also shown a chromatograph effect, advancing more rapidly through the reservoir, thus initially adsorbing onto the rock before the primary foaming agent arrives. Therefore, considering the simplicity of operation and economics of reducing the cost of expensive surfactant to improve oil recovery, coinjection of lignosulfonate with the primary foaming agent might be a practical approach to consider for field application.

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  • Report No.: DOE/BC/15047-4
  • Grant Number: FG26-97BC15047
  • DOI: 10.2172/750962 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 750962
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc708183

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Grigg, Reid B.; Schechter, David S.; Chang, Shih-Hsien (Eric); Tsau, Jyun-Syung & Svec, Robert K. Improved efficiency of miscible CO{sub 2} floods and enhanced prospects for CO{sub 2} flooding heterogeneous reservoirs, report, February 4, 2000; Tulsa, Oklahoma. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc708183/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.