Accurate modeling of an Alkali-Surfactant-Polymer (ASP) flood requires detailed representation of the geochemistry and, if natural acids are present, the saponification process. Geochemistry and saponification affect the propagation of the injected chemicals and the amount of generated natural soaps. These in turn determine the chemical phase behavior and hence the effectiveness of the ASP process.

In this paper it is shown that by coupling the Shell in-house simulator MoReS with PHREEQC a robust and flexible tool has been developed to model ASP floods. PHREEQC is used as the chemical reaction engine, which determines the equilibrium state of the chemical processes modeled. MoReS models the impact of the chemicals on the flow properties, solves the flow equations and transports the chemicals.

The validity of the approach is confirmed by benchmarking the results with the ASP module of the UTCHEM simulator (UT Austin). Moreover, ASP core floods have been matched with the new tool. The functionality of the model has been also tested on a 2D sector model. The advantages of using PHREEQC as the chemical engine include its rich database of chemical species and its flexibility to change the chemical processes to be modeled. Therefore, the coupling procedure presented in this paper can also be extended to other chemical-EOR methods.

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