Monitoring Chemical EOR Processes

Mitchell, Jonathan (Schlumberger) | Staniland, John (Schlumberger) | Wilson, Alex (Schlumberger) | Howe, Andrew (Schlumberger) | Clarke, Andrew (Schlumberger) | Fordham, Edmund J. (Schlumberger) | Edwards, John (Schlumberger) | Faber, Rien (Shell Global Solutions International B.V.) | Bouwmeester, Ron (Sarawak Shell Berhad)


Copyright 2014, Society of Petroleum Engineers This paper was prepared for presentation at the SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, 12-16 April 2014. This paper was selected for presentation by an SPE program committee following review of information contained in an abstract submitted by the author(s). Contents of the paper have not been reviewed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and are subject to correction by the author(s). The material does not necessarily reflect any position of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, its officers, or members. Electronic reproduction, distribution, or storage of any part of this paper without the written consent of the Society of Petroleum Engineers is prohibited. Permission to reproduce in print is restricted to an abstract of not more than 300 words; illustrations may not be copied. The abstract must contain conspicuous acknowledgment of SPE copyright. Abstract A laboratory study on core plugs from a carbonate field confirmed the efficacy of an alkaline surfactant (AS) formulation at reservoir conditions. Continuous monitoring of remaining oil saturation (ROS) in short core plugs using spatially resolved nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) can provide insights into the processes by which surfactants release post-water-flood remaining oil.