Gas Injection has proven to be a very effective technique in recovering oil from heavy and tight reservoirs and mature fields. The advantages of injecting gases are numerous such as viscosity reduction of oil in place, increase in reservoir pressure and mobilizing trapped oil from less permeable sections of the reservoir. Our studies focus on studying miscible gas injection in conventional and unconventional reservoirs as well as deducing pore scale physics to develop a comprehensive understanding of the recovery techniques. These endeavors of ours are generously sponsored by Chaparral Energy headed by Mr. Mark Fischer.
Current Research Topics:
- CO2 for EOR in Unconventional Liquid Reservoirs (Francisco Tovar, PhD. candidate, Crisman scholar)
- Integrated Transition Zone Analysis in a Supercritical CO2-Water-Carbonate Reservoir System (Pahala Dominicus Sinurat, PhD. candidate)
- Characterization of Remaining Oil Saturation for Naturally Fractured Reservoirs Under Nitrogen Assisted Gravity Drainage Mechanism (Erick Martinez Antunez, M.S. candidate, PEMEX scholar)
- Capillary Pressure Measurements of Supercritical CO2/Brine/Carbonate Rock Systems (Hee Yun Yang, M.S. candidate, Kinder Morgan scholar)