Sweep enhancers for oil recovery

J.F.M. van Santvoort, M. Golombok

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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.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)173-480
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftJournal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
Vroegere onlinedatum30 okt 2015
StatusGepubliceerd - sep 2016

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