The application of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) techniques is encouraged by the growing demand for oil. Optimizing oil production from current resources is becoming the main strategy for many oil producing companies around the world. Among EOR processes, polymer flooding is an attractive option in many reservoirs. The objective of polymer flooding is to control water mobility inside the reservoir to favor higher oil recovery. Several design parameters are critical for the success or failure of polymer flooding applications. The salinity of formation water is one of the parameters which impose a limitation on polymer flood applicability. In Kuwait, most of oil reservoirs are high water salinity reservoirs. Therefore, improving the performance of polymer floods under high water salinity conditions may unlock these resources which can have enormous positive effects on oil reserves. One way for this improvement is to condition the reservoir under polymer flood applications by injecting a slug of water (preflush), ahead of polymer, with specific characteristics. In this work, lab experiments are conducted in which the effects of several design parameters of polymer flooding are investigated under high water salinity conditions. Design parameters include preflush salinity, preflush viscosity and preflush slug size. The results suggest these parameters correlate differently with oil recovery factor.

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