Review of Canadian Field Cases of Chemical Floods with Associative Polymer
- Eric Delamaide (IFP Technologies Canada Inc. and the EOR Alliance)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference, 31 August - 4 September, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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- Conference Paper
- 2020. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 5.3.6 Chemical Flooding Methods (e.g., Polymer, Solvent, Nitrogen, Immiscible CO2, Surfactant, Vapex), 4 Facilities Design, Construction and Operation, 2.4 Hydraulic Fracturing, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 2 Well completion, 5.4 Improved and Enhanced Recovery, 4.1 Processing Systems and Design, 2.5.2 Fracturing Materials (Fluids, Proppant)
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Polymer flooding is now a well-recognised and mature technology to increase hydrocarbon recovery, used in many parts of the world. Given its success, operators are looking at new opportunities for polymer and are trying to push the technical barriers even further. One of these barriers is high salinity which is detrimental to the economics of polymer floods with standard polymers, and thus requires other solutions.
Associative polymers are polyacrylamide-based polymers well known for their good resistance to high salinity due to their structure and as a result they could be very promising for use in fields with high TDS. However, they have so far seen little use in field applications due to their perceived plugging tendency, high permeability and mobility reduction which make them more adapted to near-wellbore treatment.
Most if not all of the field projects involving associative polymers have taken place in China and in Canada, but little has been published so far. Since public information is available for the Canadian projects, the aim of this paper is to present the field experience of associative polymers in these Canadian projects.
The paper will focus on presenting four field cases, Bodo, Mooney and Suffield (2), all in Western Canada. Bodo is a polymer flood while Mooney and Suffield are both polymer and alkali-surfactant polymer projects. Although public information is not always complete, what is available provides some useful and much needed insight on the performances of associative polymers in the field.
Our analysis of these four field cases suggests that associative polymers can be injected without special difficulty provided they are well chosen, that is they need to be sufficiently associative to outperform HPAM but not too much in order not to plug the reservoir. These results should comfort engineers who have so far been reluctant to use associative polymers due to lack of field experience.
Very few field cases of polymer flood involving associative polymers have been published so far and this paper attempts to shed some light on the performances of associative polymer in some unpublished projects. These positive results may incite engineers working on projects where associative polymers could find a use to consider them.
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