• Advanced Reservoir Simulation: A Novel Robust Modelling of Nanoparticles for Improved Oil Recovery

    This presentation is from the 2021 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai. Our archived 2020-21 event content is now available free to SPE members!

    • Paper Number: SPE-205927-MS
    • Published: 15 September 2021
    • Authors: Luky Hendraningrat; Saeed Majidaie; Nor Idah Ketchut; Fraser Skoreyko; Seyed Mousa MousaviMirkalaei

    The potential of nanoparticles, which are classified as advanced fluid material, have been unlocked for improved oil recovery in recent years such as nanoparticles-assisted waterflood process. However, there is no existing commercial reservoir simulation software that could properly model phase behaviour and transport phenomena of nanoparticles. This paper presentation focuses on the development of a novel robust advanced simulation algorithms for nanoparticles that incorporate all the main mechanisms that have been observed for interpreting and predicting performance.

    A novel advanced simulation tool has successfully been developed to model advanced fluid material, particularly nanoparticles for improved/enhanced oil recovery. The main scripting of physics and mechanisms of nanoparticle injection is accomplished in the model and has an acceptable match with various types of nanoparticles, concentration, initial wettability, solvent, stabilizer, water hardness, and temperature. Reasonable matching for all experimental published data was achieved for pressure and production data. Critical parameters have been observed and should be considered as important input for laboratory experimental design. Sensitivity studies have been conducted on critical parameters and reported in the paper as the most sensitive for obtaining the matches of both pressure and production data.

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  • Advanced Reservoir Simulation: A Novel Robust Modelling of Nanoparticles for Improved Oil Recovery