Effect of Oil Presence on CO2 Foam Based Mobility Control in High Temperature High Salinity Carbonate Reservoirs

Eric Sonny Mathew, Abdul Ravoof Shaik, Ali Al Sumaiti, Waleed Alameri

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    Abstract

    Foam is one of the most cost-effective means of solving the drawbacks associated with the process of gas injection. The presented work is focused on probing the impact of oil saturation on CO2 foam generation and its stability in the presence of high temperature and high salinity conditions. In this work, initially a texture-implicit local equilibrium model is used for parametric matching of a core flooding experiment conducted in the absence of oil. Once the foam parameters are calculated and tuned, the designed model is later up-scaled and studied with the inclusion of oil. The key objective is to study the effect of miscibility on the foam displacement front and the degenerating effect instilled by the residual oil saturation on the stability of foam. Different field scale models are designed and compared to validate the observed effect and hypothesis. The results of this work suggests that during CO2 foam flooding the oil saturation has a profound effect on oil recovery especially when CO2 is in an immiscible state with oil when compared with the miscible state.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)2983-2992
    Number of pages10
    JournalEnergy and Fuels
    Volume32
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 15 Mar 2018

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