The areal sweep efficiency of the first-contact miscible displacements: An experimental approach

A. Y. Zekri, S. Mustafiz, M. R. Islam

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Abstract

Solvent flooding using the water alternating gas (WAG) technique is very important for predicting the process performance. This technique has been employed in a number of oil fields. However, little data are available in the literature. Therefore, there is an immense need for the sweep efficiency data resulting from first-contact miscible flooding, particularly in view of conducting reservoir simulation studies. In this article, we conducted a series of WAG displacements through glass bead packs. A number of miscible WAG displacement tests were conducted at WAG ratios of 1:1, 1:2, and 2:1. Constant flow rates were used to mask the effects of capillary number on sweep efficiency. Experimental results revealed that the WAG ratio affects the sweep efficiency of the miscible flooding process. In addition, new correlations of areal sweep as function of mobility ratio at various WAG ratios were developed. The data provided can be useful to the oil industry in conducting analytical and numerical modeling studies of miscible WAG processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2033-2047
Number of pages15
JournalPetroleum Science and Technology
Volume26
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Areal sweep
  • Efficiency
  • Miscible flooding
  • Mobility
  • WAG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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