Feasibility Study of Secondary Polymer Flooding in Henan Oilfield, China

Feng-lan ZHAO, Ji-rui HOU, Hong-sheng LI, Jing Lü

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After polymer flooding, it is necessary to find relay technology to retain oil yield. In this paper, laboratory experiments were conducted to investigate feasibility of secondary polymer flooding, in which injecting more polymer with higher concentration and relative molecular mass. It is necessary to determine enhanced recovery range and optimum concentration. With microscopic visible glass physical models, further start up of oil drops with secondary polymer can be observed distinctly. In the mean time, macroscopic heterogeneous core tests were carried out with permeability range of 2, 5 and 8. Polymer concentration effective and economical for flooding is optimized. Ii is shown that 3%~8% of further enhanced recovery and 20% decreased water cut can be obtained, and water profile can be improved to some extend after secondary polymer flooding. Thence, it is proved that secondary polymer injection after primary polymer can indeed further improve recovery and the technology of secondary flooding is feasible. Moreover, laboratory optimum concentration of 2200mg/L is determined. On the basis of laboratory results, from 2007 to 2008, filed trial with above optimum parameters were implemented. Up to 2008.12, water cut decreased from 92% to 83%, and cumulative increased crude oil of 5.71×104t.The success of secondary polymer flooding technology provides reference for the development of oil fields after primary polymer flooding in China and other regions in the whole world.
Key words: secondary polymer flooding; feasibility study; microscopic mechanism; polymer concentration optimization; after polymer flooding

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.ans.1715787020090202.001

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