Impact of Solid Surface Energy on Wettability of CO2-brine-Mineral Systems as a Function of Pressure, Temperature and Salinity

Muhammad Arif, Ahmed Barifcani, Maxim Lebedev, Stefan Iglauer

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    Abstract

    CO2 storage refers to the methods employed to inject CO2 in depleted oil and gas reservoirs and deep saline aquifers for long term storage of CO2 with the objective to reduce the anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Wettability and interfacial tension are two important multiphase parameters which are used to characterize the flow behavior of CO2 in reservoirs. Numerous studies have reported wettability data of CO2-brine systems on various rock forming minerals as function of pressure, temperature and salinity. However, the associated trends have not been physically well-understood and require considerable attention which is objective of our present work. In this work, we apply Neumann's equation of state method to our measured contact angle data for CO2-brine-mica systems and contact angle data of CO2-brine-quartz from Sarmadivaleh et al., 2015. Our results indicate that for mica, solid-CO2 interfacial tension decrease with pressure and salinity and increase with temperature. Moreover, solid-liquid interfacial tension decrease with temperature and decrease with salinity. For quartz, although the solid-CO2 interfacial tension decrease with pressure and increase with temperature, yet solid-liquid interfacial tension increase with temperature which explains the increase in contact angle with temperature for quartz. Overall, we find that results are in accordance with wettability data as function of pressure, temperature and salinity. We thus conclude that hotter reservoirs with lower injection pressure and lower brine salinities exhibit relatively better water wetting state and hence better seal capacity leading to higher CO2 storage potential. We also conclude that solid surface energy approach adequately explains the dependency of wettability on pressure, temperature and salinity.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)4832-4842
    Number of pages11
    JournalEnergy Procedia
    Volume114
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2017
    Event13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2016 - Lausanne, Switzerland
    Duration: 14 Nov 201618 Nov 2016

    Keywords

    • equation of state
    • mica
    • pressure
    • quartz
    • solid surface energy
    • temperature
    • wettability

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