Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science

Volume 11, Issue 2 (April 2021)

ISSN Print: 2160-0392   ISSN Online: 2160-0406

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Experimental Evaluation of the Mobility Profile of Enhanced Oil Recovery Gases

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DOI: 10.4236/aces.2021.112010    137 Downloads   351 Views  


The mobility profiles of gases used in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) have been thoroughly investigated through the coupling operations of data mining of oilfield data and experimental data analyses. Mobility as an EOR objective function has not been previously applied to characterize potential reservoirs for EOR selection and application, even though it is a robust combinatorial function that benefits from two petrophysical variables, permeability and viscosity. The data mining approach identified mobility as a reliable objective function for reservoir characterisation. The data distribution and clustering results indicate that Gas EOR reservoirs have relatively higher mean mobility than Thermal, Microbial and Chemical EOR reservoirs. The experimental approach investigated EOR gases, CO2, CH4, N2, and Air. A modified Darcy Equation of State for gas flow through porous media was applied to evaluate which gas would competitively attain the oil displacement optimisation criterion for mobility ratio, M ≤ 1. Coupling the data mining with the experimental data results reveals that gas reservoirs can be further categorized by mobility. CH4 (18.16 mD/cp) was observed to have the highest mobility followed by Air (14.60 mD/cp), N2 (13.61 mD/cp), and CO2 (12.96 mD/cp). The gas mobility order significantly corresponds with the mobility distribution of reservoirs that implemented gas EOR processes. It was concluded that CO2 offers relatively lower mobility, therefore, it is the most competitive EOR gas to approach the mobility ratio criterion of unity or less.

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Abunumah, O. , Ogunlude, P. and Gobina, E. (2021) Experimental Evaluation of the Mobility Profile of Enhanced Oil Recovery Gases. Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science, 11, 154-164. doi: 10.4236/aces.2021.112010.

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