Formation Damage Due to Simultaneous Sulfur and Asphaltene Deposition

Shedid A. Shedid, Abdulrazag Y. Zekri

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Abstract

Although many oil reservoirs are producing crude oils of different sulfur and asphaltene contents, deposition problems of sulfur and asphaltene components in porous media were investigated separately. The major objectives of this laboratory study are to investigate the simultaneous deposition of sulfur and asphaltene in porous media. To achieve these objectives, the influences of (1) crude oil flow rate, (2) reservoir rock permeability through which crude oil flows and (3) concentrations of sulfur and asphaltene in the crude oil, on permeability damage of the reservoir rock were experimentally investigated. Ten dynamic flow experiments were carried-out using different crude oils of different sulfur and asphaltene concentrations and under different flow rates. The crude oil was flooded through different rock permeability of 2.34, 6.23, 16.58, and 21.48 md and under different flow rates of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 cc/min, respectively. The results indicated that the increase of flow rate increases the formation damage due to simultaneous deposition of sulfur and asphaltene in the reservoir rock. Core samples of lower permeability showed more severe permeability damage than that ones of higher permeability, for the same applied flow rate and the same sulfur and asphaltene content of the crude oil. Furthermore, the increase of asphaltene and/or sulfur content of the crude oil increases the rock damage. The attained results of this study enlightened the important role of formation damage of carbonate oil reservoirs containing oils of considerable amount of sulfur and asphaltene. In addition, the study provides two empirical correlations capable to predict the permeability damage rate as a function of flow rate, or initial rock permeability. These correlations represent useful tools for semi-analytical and simulation studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages783-792
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventProceedings - SPE International Symposium and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control - Lafayette, LA., United States
Duration: Feb 18 2004Feb 20 2004

Other

OtherProceedings - SPE International Symposium and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLafayette, LA.
Period2/18/042/20/04

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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