Laboratory study of the effects of miscible WAG process on tertiary oil recovery

A. Y. Zekri, A. A. Natuh

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Miscible gas flooding using carbon dioxide and natural hydrocarbon gases is currently being investigated as possible EOR proceH in a number of Libyan reservoirs. The major reason for selecting miscible gas flooding as an EOR proceu was because of the adaptability and possible gas availability at reasonable cost. C02 and hydrocarbon gases could achieve miscibility with a number of reservoir oils at current conditions [pressure] through a multi-contact miscibility proceu. The main disadvantages of miscible gas flooding is the high mobility ratio so that the gases have the tendency to channel through the oil which results in by-pusing much of the oil in the reservoir and low sweep efficiency. To solve this problem, a technique was tested consisting of alternately injecting small solvent [hydrocarbon gas or C02] and water slugs. The slug of water reduces the speed of the solvent which results in reducing the chance of solvent fingering an~ improving tbe mobility of the system. The main objective of this study is to investigate the effect of WAG RATIO on overall reovery of tertiary miscible flooding. Laboratory tests were conducted on three stacks of composite cores arranged in permeability descending order. The effects of lithology on overall performance was also tested . The system studied in this work was an oil wet system. Tests were conducted in 3 ft. oil wet sandstone and carbonate rock cores. Cores utilized in this project were obtained from two Libyan reservoirs and arranged in desending order to form three composite stacks. Water and solvent were iinjected separately.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - Abu Dhabi Petroleum Conference, ADPC 1992
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781555635053
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventSPE Abu Dhabi Petroleum Conference, ADPC 1992 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: May 18 1992May 20 1992

Publication series

NameSociety of Petroleum Engineers - Abu Dhabi Petroleum Conference, ADPC 1992


ConferenceSPE Abu Dhabi Petroleum Conference, ADPC 1992
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Fuel Technology


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