Laboratory and single well pilot nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) logging results are obtained for an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project using a common physics of measurement at both scales. Screening for chemical EOR efficacy usually begins in the laboratory before moving to single or multiple well field pilots. Laboratory experiments were conducted on a low-field bench-top NMR magnet with fluid injection protocols that matched the log-inject-log concept of the single-well in situ EOR evaluation (Arora et al. 2010). In situ measurements of the oil and brine saturations during the flood, by "diffusion-editing" protocols and by relaxation measurements alone, are shown to be in quantitative agreement with gravimetric assays of recovered oil. Spatially resolved T2 analysis (the laboratory equivalent of a standard NMR well log) revealed non-uniform oil saturation during the EOR process in short core plugs. The final remaining oil distribution is confirmed by a reservoir simulation in a geometry identical to the NMR-compatible core holder. In a region of the core-plug not influenced by end effects, complete recovery of the oil was observed, consistent with the the single-well in situ EOR evaluation. The quantitative estimates of remaining oil, using a tool-equivalent NMR protocol, demonstrate the potential for NMR logging of remaining oil in monitoring wells completed with NMR-transparent casing.

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