High Salinity Swelling Polymeric Particles for EOR

Panthi, Krishna (The University of Texas at Austin) | Sharma, Himanshu (The University of Texas at Austin) | Lashgari, Hamid (The University of Texas at Austin) | Mohanty, Kishore (The University of Texas at Austin)

OnePetro 

Abstract

Most carbonate reservoirs have fractures which have a detrimental effect on sweep efficiency during oil recovery. The objective of this research is to block the big fractures with polymeric particles and divert the injection fluid into the matrix for better sweep efficiency during CO2 floods. Polymeric particles have been developed that swell as salinity is increased. These particles are termed SISPP or salinity induced swelling polymeric particles. SISPPs swell more in higher concentration brine contrary to common polymeric particle gels (PPGs) which shrink. Water flood and miscible floods are conducted in fractured cores with SISPP placed in the fractures. The SISPP placement increases oil recovery in fractured cores during high salinity water floods and miscible/CO2 floods. Furthermore, a model for particle swelling, and the concomitant change in permeability, as a function of brine salinity was implemented in UTCHEM, and single phase and oil recovery corefloods were modeled. UTCHEM simulations showed good agreement with the experimental results.