Simulation of Surfactant Flooding in Carbonate Reservoir Using a High-Resolution Outcrop Model

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Abstract

Conventional carbonate reservoirs contain most of the world’s oil and gas reserves. However, the recovery factors after primary and secondary oil recovery remain low overall. Surfactant-based enhanced oil recovery can be used to enhanced oil recovery by changing the wettability of the rock and reducing the interfacial tension.

In this study, we incorporated the experimentally validated surfactant models into a high-resolution outcrop analogue model. We built core-scale simulation models based on the experimental data to identify the key physical mechanisms that lead to increased oil recovery. We then parametrise the respective models in order to obtain a better understanding of physico-chemical processes during surfactant injection. Using advanced assisted history-matching methods, we were able to match the laboratory results for both the Spontaneous Imbibition and core flooding.

We then implemented the results from the core-scale at a larger scale i.e., inter-well scale model. We used a realistic analogue outcrop for the Shuaiba and Kharaib formations in the Middle East, in order to understand how complex geological structures and multi-scale heterogeneities impact the recovery processes and effectiveness of surfactant-based enhanced oil recovery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication82nd EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition
PublisherEAGE Publishing BV
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2020
Event82nd EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition 2020 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Dec 202011 Dec 2020

Conference

Conference82nd EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition 2020
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period8/12/2011/12/20

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