Chemical EOR Injection Facilities - From Pilot Test to Field-Wide Expansion

Chang, Harry Lo (Chemortech International LLC) | Yanming, Gao (International Energy Technology Services Co Ltd) | Wu, Fengwu (DF IETS) | Hou, Huaye (DF IETS)

OnePetro 

Chemical injection in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects is a complex process because it involves multiple chemicals with complex fluids. Costs for even a small-scale pilot test could be up in the millions of US dollars (USD) and large-scale field-wide expansion would be in the 100s of millions USD for onshore projects. Costs for offshore projects would increase by multiple folds compared to onshore projects with comparable sizes.

This paper discusses (1) conventional designs for small- or large-scale injection facilities, (2) recent improvements in conventional designs, and (3) new concepts in chemical injection facility designs that can improve the quality, lower the cost, and reduce the lead time in the implementation of chemical EOR (CEOR) projects.