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Chemical EOR

Chemical EOR

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TECHNOLOGY BRIEF

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Injection Fluids Injection Production Well Pump Oil Injection Well

Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (CEOR) DESCRIPTION (What is it ?)
Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) refers to any additional production resulting from the introduction of artificial energy into reservoir. Chemical injection is one of the EOR methods. It involves the injection of specified liquid chemicals into a reservoir, resulting in a more effective oil displacement. Most widely used chemicals for CEOR are alkaline, surfactant, polymer, and/or the combination of all two or all three of them. From CEOR projects implemented worldwide, the typical incremental recovery ranges between 10% to 25% of the Original Oil in Place (OOIP). PETRONAS is currently embarking on its first pilot CEOR project, that will be implemented in I-68 reservoir of Angsi field. The project uses Alkaline-Surfactant injection process. This project will mark the 1st world application of CEOR in offshore and harsh (high temperature and high salinity) environment. This project commenced in May 2006, for a one year duration.

EXAMPLE OF CHEMICAL FLOODING
Keyword: Reduce interfacial tension & improvement in volumetric sweep efficiency

Where has it been successfully applied ?
• Worldwide, especially at onshore application in China, United States and South America

BENEFIT (What does it do ?)
• • • Reduces Interfacial Tension (IFT) Increases the capillary number, Nc to mobilize residual oil Decreases the mobility ratio, M for better sweep

Has it been applied in PETRONAS ?
• Pilot project is currently in progress at Angsi I-68 reservoir

GENERAL REVIEW BY USERS PROs CONs
• High incremental recovery • High cost of chemicals, not economical when oil price is low • Possible excessive chemical loss, due to adsorption

VALUE CREATION
• Increased oil recovery

© 2006 PETRONAS All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the permission of the copyright owner.

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