Waterflooding: Review of West Texas experience

Paulus S. Adisoemarta, Scott M. Frailey, Akanni S. Lawal

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Abstract

A tremendous effort has been made by the oil industry and others over the past seventy years to develop an understanding of multiphase fluid flow through porous media. A vast literature of concepts, field and laboratory data, experimental techniques and mathematical expressions has been developed. Many parameters believed to be pertinent have been investigated, such as connate water saturation, relative permeability saturation relations, sample wettability, and waterflood scaling (including the effect of such variables as pore size, flow rate, viscosities and interfacial tension of the fluids, sample size, and the effect of a third phase such as free gas). Other works investigated are the development of the Buckley-Leverett concept of fluid displacement, the laboratory determination of relative permeability, and the development of waterflood scaling theory aimed directly toward calculating reservoir performance from laboratory data. This paper reviews waterflood management practices in West Texas and provides ways of implementing successful waterflood project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference 2001, OGR 2001
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
ISBN (Print)9781555639280
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventSPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference 2001, OGR 2001 - Midland, United States
Duration: May 15 2001May 17 2001

Publication series

NameSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference 2001, OGR 2001

Other

OtherSPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference 2001, OGR 2001
CountryUnited States
CityMidland
Period5/15/015/17/01

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Adisoemarta, P. S., Frailey, S. M., & Lawal, A. S. (2001). Waterflooding: Review of West Texas experience. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference 2001, OGR 2001 (Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference 2001, OGR 2001). Society of Petroleum Engineers.