We have found that the addition of low concentrations of certain inexpensive light co-solvents to alkaline-polymer solutions dramatically improves the performance of alkaline-polymer (AP) corefloods in two important ways. Firstly, addition of cosolvent promotes the formation of low viscosity microemulsions rather than viscous macroemulsions. Secondly, these light co-solvents greatly improve the phase behavior in a way that can be tailored to a particular oil, temperature and salinity. This new chemical EOR technology uses polymer for mobility control and has been termed Alkali-Co-solvent-Polymer (ACP) flooding. ACP corefloods perform as well as ASP corefloods while being simpler and more robust. We report 12 successful ACP corefloods using four different crude oils ranging from 12 to 24 °API. The ACP process shows special promise for heavy oils, which tend to have large fractions of soap-forming acidic components, but is applicable across a wide range of oil gravity.
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