The use of viscoelastic sweep improvers to overcome injected fluid diversion is assessed at the low pressure gradients associated with secondary oil production. The flow evolves from Newtonian to non-Newtonian behavior with increasing pressure gradient. Additive concentration determines this transition and controls the effectiveness of selective retardation. This is demonstrated in an experimental simulation of parallel flow in two core samples of different permeabilities. Even at pressure gradients lower than 1.0 bar/m channeling can effectively be reduced and early water breakthrough delayed. This has the potential to greatly increase ultimate oil recovery.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology|
|Early online date||30 Oct 2015|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2016|