With energy demands growing rapidly, laboratory solutions are investigated to assist crude-oil exploration. Costs increase exponentially along the process from coreflood experimentation to well tests and final deployment. Laboratory experiments maximize the productivity of enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) projects. Detailed laboratory experimentation helps in designing a tailored chemical combination that ensures the highest possible recovery and return on investment. Improved laboratory technologies increase the possibility of successful EOR. Rheological screening of the scientifically generated models helps identify the best polymer solution for polymer flooding. Therefore, increased throughput is important for obtaining more research data and validating product performance. Together with key customers, Anton Paar has implemented automated-rheological-measurement solutions for chemical EOR. Its HTR high-throughput rheometer (Fig. 3) automates the process of sample preparation, measurement, cleaning of measurement devices, and storage of measurement data. Rheological screening supports chemists in selecting the appropriate polymer and designing the polymer solution to be injected—factors essential to the operational success of EOR.
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