EOR technology has been applied on many projects globally with variable success. It shows great potential for offshore heavy oil with oil recovery low in life span of platform (general less than 30% by water flooding). About 60-70% oil is remained in the formation after water flooding, and for offshore heavy oil reservoir, more oil (about 80%) is remained by the end of the platform life.  It becomes more important to achive high recovery before abandoning the platform and the oilfields with lots of oil left in reservoir. With recovery increasment of 5-10% by EOR methods, the reserve will increase greatly, which means an order of magnitude of hundreds of million-tons oilfield is discovered without increase any exploration investment.
Surfactant-polymer (SP) flooding was a potential enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technology that was more powerful than the polymer flooding. And it was test or applied successfully in some high or extra-high WCT onshore oilfields of Shengli oilfields (SINOPEC), Daqing oilfields (CNPC) in china. The paper presents a filed EOR test case of offshore heavy oilfield oilfield by SP.
Kang, Xiaodong (China Natl Offshore Oil Corp) | Zhang, Jian (China National Offshore Oil Corp.) | Sun, Fujie (China National Offshore Oil Corp.) | Zhang, Fengjiu (CNOOC Research Center) | Feng, Guozhi (CNOOC Limited) | Yang, JunRu (China National Offshore Oil Corp.) | Zhang, Xiansong | Xiang, Wentao
Recently, CNOOC launched the EOR with chemical flooding on more and more offshore oilfields in Bohai Bay in china. With the useful life of platform and the present production state, polymer flooding is considered as an important technology for the strategic development of offshore heavy oil fields in Bohai bay. Up to 2010, there are 3 polymer EOR projects on heavy oil field which the water cut is between 10-80%. And about 20 thousand tons polymer powder was used in 27 wells in the past 5 years. It has been seen that the water cut declined while the oil production increased. The application result shown it is feasible. The history of polymer EOR in Bohai Bay was present in the paper.