The Study of Surfactant Huff and Puff of Horizontal Well with SRV in Tight Oil Reservoirs

Weirong, Li (Xi'an Shiyou University) | Zhenzhen, Dong (Xi'an Shiyou University) | Gang, Lei (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals) | Cai, Wang (Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development, Petrochina) | Huijie, Wang (Peking University)


A local refined model, using micro-seismic data to model fracture geometry, is presented to study huff-npuff surfactant injection in a tight oil reservoir. The goal of this study is to understand the key parameters that control the surfactant huff-n-puff performance in tight oil reservoirs. In this new approach, natural fractures in tight oil reservoir is described by dual permeability model, and stimulated reservoir volume (SRV) based on micro-seismic datais is modeled by local refined grid. In the study, sensitivity analysis is carried out to optimize oil recovery, such as wettability change, interfacial tension, surfactant adsorption, huff-n-puff cycle, etc. The results indicate that surfactant injection is a favorable method to mobilize oil in tight oil reservoirs; wettability alteration and interfacial tension of surfactant are the dominant mechanisms for the oil recovery through surfactant injection; surfactant adsorption is a key element to the success of the wettability alteration process; and soaking time does not have obvious impact on recovery. The incremental oil recovery factor over primary production for 15 years of total production is up to 3.5% of OOIP that doubles the recovery from the primary production. The study gives new method to study surfactant injection in the tight oil reservoirs when micro-seismic data available. It can be helpful for modeling other EOR process in tight oil reservoirs.