An Overview of the Present Stability and Performance of EOR-Foam

Mohammad Falalu Hamza, Chandra Mohan Sinnathambi, Zulkifli Merican Aljudin Merican, Hassan Soleimani, Karl Dunbar Stephen

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Abstract

Foam flooding technique, commonly known as foam assisted water alternating gas method (FAWAG) has been identified as an effective chemical enhanced oil recovery (CEOR) technique. The ability of EOR-foam to sweep oil in low permeable zones makes it important displacement fluid in the oil industry. However, extreme reservoir conditions such as temperature, pressure and salinity have detrimental effects on the stability and the overall performance of the EOR-foam. Consequently, understanding foam stability and performance under different conditions is crucial for long term oil field application. This paper discusses the current status of the EOR-foam stability, performance and challenges from laboratory studies to field application perspective. The paper also highlights the knowledge gaps which require further research for successful field application.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1641–1650
Number of pages10
JournalSains Malaysiana
Volume46
Issue number9
Early online date1 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • EOR-foam; foam application; foams performance; foam stability

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