Experimental and Numerical Assessment of Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery in Oil-Wet Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
- Bernard Bourbiaux (IFP Energies Nouvelles) | André Fourno (IFP Energies Nouvelles) | Quang-Long Nguyen (IFP Energies Nouvelles) | Françoise Norrant (IFP Energies Nouvelles) | Michel Robin (IFP Energies Nouvelles) | Elizabeth Rosenberg (IFP Energies Nouvelles) | Jean-François Argillier (IFP Energies Nouvelles)
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- June 2016
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- 706 - 719
- 2016.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- imbibition, chemical, reservoir, EOR, fractured
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Among various ways to extend the lifetime of mature fields, chemical enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) processes have been subject of renewed interest in the recent years. Oil-wet fractured reservoirs represent a real challenge for chemical EOR because the matrix medium does not spontaneously imbibe the aqueous solvent of chemical additives. The present paper deals with chemical EOR by use of wettability modifiers (WMs).
The kinetics of spontaneous imbibition of chemical solutions in oil-wet limestone plugs and mini-plugs was quantified thanks to X-ray computed-tomography (CT) scanning and nuclear-magnetic-resonance (NMR) measurements. Despite the small size of samples and the slowness of experiments, accurate recovery curves were inferred from in-situ fluid-saturation measurements. Scale effects were found quite consistent between mini-plugs and plugs. During a second experimental step, viscous drive conditions were imposed between the end faces of a plug, to account for the possibly significant contribution of fracture viscous drive to matrix oil recovery.
The recovery kinetics and behavior, especially the occurrence of countercurrent and cocurrent flow, are interpreted through the analysis of modified forces in the presence of a diffusing or convected WM that alters rock wettability and reduces water/oil interfacial tension (IFT) to a lesser extent. This work calls for an extensive modeling study to specify the conditions on chemical additives and recovery-process implementation that optimize the recovery kinetics.
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