Insight into nano-chemical enhanced oil recovery from carbonate reservoirs using environmentally friendly nanomaterials
School of Engineering
The use of nanoparticles (NPs) in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes is very effective in reducing the interfacial tension (IFT) and surface tension (ST) and altering the wettability of reservoir rocks. The main purpose of this study was to use the newly synthesized nanocomposites (KCl / SiO2 / Xanthan NCs) in EOR applications. Several analytical techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were applied to confirm the validity of the synthesized NCs. From the synthesized NCs, nanofluids were prepared at different concentrations of 100-2000 ppm and characterized using electrical conductivity, IFT, and ST measurements. From the obtained results, it can be observed that 1000 ppm is the optimal concentration of the synthesized NCs that had the best performance in EOR applications. The nanofluid with 1000 ppm KCl / SiO2 / Xanthan NCs enabled reducing the IFT and ST from 33 and 70 to 29 and 40 mN/m, respectively. However, the contact angle was highly decreased under the influence of the same nanofluid to 41° and the oil recovery improved by an extra 17.05 % OOIP. To sum up, KCl / SiO2 / Xanthan NCs proved highly effective in altering the wettability of rocks from oil-wet to water-wet and increasing the cumulative oil production.
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Ahmadi, A., Manshad, A. K., Ali, J. A., Iglauer, S., Sajadi, S. M., Keshavarz, A., & Mohammadi, A. H. (2022). Insight into nano-chemical enhanced oil recovery from carbonate reservoirs using environmentally friendly nanomaterials. ACS omega, 7(41), 36165-36174.