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Optimized foam-assisted CO2 enhanced oil recovery technology in tight oil reservoirs

Zhang, Kaiqiang, Li, Songyan and Liu, Lirong (2020) Optimized foam-assisted CO2 enhanced oil recovery technology in tight oil reservoirs Fuel, 267, 117099.

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In this paper, foam-assisted CO2 EOR and anti-gas channelling technology are investigated and optimized to enhance tight oil recovery. A series of laboratory experiments, including pressure−volume−temperature, foam generation and evaluation, and coreflood tests, and phase behaviour theoretical mathematical models are performed to evaluate foam agent, analyze anti-gas channelling mechanisms and influential factors, and optimize foam-assisted CO2 EOR technique. The specific CO2 bulk fluid behaviour and phase behaviour in wellbore are determined through experimental and theoretical models. Two distinct stages are found to be divided prior to and after the CO2 gas breakthrough. Most oil productions, which is in the range of 28–40%, occur prior to the gas breakthrough, whereas only additional 5–8% oil is produced after the gas breakthrough. A higher injection rate and/or permeability ratio result in an earlier gas breakthrough and causes less oil to be produced before gas breakthrough while the oil recovery factor slightly increases after the breakthrough by increasing injection rate. Gas diffusion in water-saturated core reach equilibrium faster than that in the oil-saturated core. An overall evaluation parameter is developed to select foam agent. The optimized static condition for the selected foam agent here is approximately 9 MPa at low temperatures while dynamic performance is improved at a higher gas but lower liquid injection rate. The simultaneous water-alternating-gas injection scheme in subsequent of an initial gas injection with liquid−gas ratio of 1:1 performs better than the water-alternating-gas scheme, which is proven to be effective for the core samples with fracture width of 82.67 μm. Finally, the oilfield surface foaming operational system is designed to upscale laboratory research to practical applications with specific operating setup and procedures, which has been applied in the target oil reservoir and performs well as expected.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Authors :
Zhang, Kaiqiang
Li, Songyan
Date : 9 February 2020
Funders : Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, National Natural Science Foundation of China, science and technology support plan for youth innovation of university in Shandong province of China
DOI : 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.117099
Grant Title : National Natural Science Foundation of China
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : CO2 foam; Enhanced oil recovery; Gas channelling; Tight oil reservoirs; Optimization;
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Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 13 Jul 2020 10:02
Last Modified : 13 Jul 2020 10:02

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