Surface Science Blog

Vanishing interfacial tension measurement - a fast route to minimum miscibility pressure

Posted by Susanna Laurén on December 6, 2016

As the exploration of new oil reservoirs is slowing down, there is a need to be able to utilize the current oil reservoirs more efficiently. After primary and secondary recovery, at least 50% of the original oil is left behind in the reservoir [1]. Additional injections of fluids like polymers, surfactants or different gases are commonly used to displace and dissolve some of the remaining oil. This process is called tertiary or enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and can lead to an additional 8-16 % uptake of original oil in place (OOIP) [1].

 

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Topics: Tensiometers, Attension, Theta, Enhanced oil recovery (EOR), High Pressure Chamber