Analysis of Factors Affecting Microscopic Displacement Efficiency in CO 2 Floods

Baljit S. Sehbi, Scott M. Frailey, Akanni S. Lawal

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Abstract

The displacement efficiency of a CO 2 flood has two components: microscopic and macroscopic displacement efficiency. This work focuses on the factors that affect microscopic displacement efficiency. The factors are pressure, temperature, oil composition, CO 2 purity, fluid properties, and reservoir pore configurations. These factors contribute to the phase behavior of a particular CO 2 flood. Mixing as a result of diffusion improves microscopic displacement efficiency as compared to mixing by dispersion, which decreases microscopic displacement efficiency. Phase behavior governs the development and sustenance of CO 2 miscibility with crude oil at reservoir conditions. Lower injection rates and higher residence time increases mass transfer between the oil and CO 2. Improved transfer leads to oil swelling and viscosity and surface tension reduction that improve microscopic displacement efficiency. Uniform pore geometry and favorable pore structure causes higher microscopic displacement efficiency. The presence of dead-end pores decreases the displacement process. The volume and distribution of water within the pore affects the contact area between CO 2 and the crude oil and can impede the miscibility process. As possible, this work quantifies the affect some of the factors have on microscopic displacement efficiency and suggests means of improving the displacement process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages153-160
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventSPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference - Midland, TX, United States
Duration: May 15 2001May 17 2001

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OtherSPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference
CountryUnited States
CityMidland, TX
Period5/15/015/17/01

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Phase behavior
Solubility
Crude oil
crude oil
oil
Petroleum reservoirs
analysis
Pore structure
Surface tension
Swelling
surface tension
Mass transfer
swelling
Viscosity
mass transfer
residence time
viscosity
Fluids
Geometry
geometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology

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Sehbi, B. S., Frailey, S. M., & Lawal, A. S. (2001). Analysis of Factors Affecting Microscopic Displacement Efficiency in CO 2 Floods. 153-160. Paper presented at SPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference, Midland, TX, United States.

Analysis of Factors Affecting Microscopic Displacement Efficiency in CO 2 Floods. / Sehbi, Baljit S.; Frailey, Scott M.; Lawal, Akanni S.

2001. 153-160 Paper presented at SPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference, Midland, TX, United States.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Sehbi, BS, Frailey, SM & Lawal, AS 2001, 'Analysis of Factors Affecting Microscopic Displacement Efficiency in CO 2 Floods' Paper presented at SPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference, Midland, TX, United States, 5/15/01 - 5/17/01, pp. 153-160.
Sehbi BS, Frailey SM, Lawal AS. Analysis of Factors Affecting Microscopic Displacement Efficiency in CO 2 Floods. 2001. Paper presented at SPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference, Midland, TX, United States.
Sehbi, Baljit S. ; Frailey, Scott M. ; Lawal, Akanni S. / Analysis of Factors Affecting Microscopic Displacement Efficiency in CO 2 Floods. Paper presented at SPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference, Midland, TX, United States.8 p.
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