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CO2-Foam Field Pilot Test in a Sandstone Reservoir

This paper presents an analysis of a CO2-foam-injection pilot in the Salt Creek Field, Natrona County, Wyoming. The pilot was successful in demonstrating deeper conformance control and improvement in sweep efficiency, which resulted in 25,000 bbl of incremental oil. A 22% decrease in the amount of CO2 injected also was realized as a result of better use of CO2 compared with the baseline.

Introduction

Foam-assisted CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR), commonly referred to as CO2-foam EOR, has been proposed as an effective technology for correcting sweep inefficiencies caused by gravity segregation and reservoir heterogeneity. The central concept of CO2-foam EOR is the in-­situ generation of a viscous emulsion of CO2 and water stabilized by a surfactant at reservoir conditions. Because the apparent viscosity of a CO2/water/surfactant system is much higher than that of CO2 itself, the mobility of CO2 is significantly reduced. In the reservoir, the generation of foam occurs first in the zones preferentially swept by CO2, gradually diverting CO2 to unswept zones where oil saturation is typically higher. An important feature of the CO2 foam is that the foam strength, and hence the mobility reduction, weakens in the zones where there is substantial oil saturation. As a result, the foam does not interfere with the CO2 displacement process once the CO2 is diverted into zones with substantial oil saturation.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 190312, “CO2-Foam Field Pilot Test in Sandstone Reservoir: Complete Analysis of Foam-Pilot Response,” by P.D. Patil, T. Knight, A. Katiyar, SPE, and P. Vanderwal, The Dow Chemical Company; J. Scherlin, SPE, Fleur De Lis Energy; P. Rozowski, SPE, The Dow Chemical Company; M. Ibrahim and G.B. Sridhar, SPE, Schlumberger; and Q.P. Nguyen, SPE, The University of Texas at Austin, prepared for the 2018 SPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference, Tulsa, 14–18 April. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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CO2-Foam Field Pilot Test in a Sandstone Reservoir

01 July 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 7

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