Petroleum Science

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List of Papers (Total 187)

Modeling, analysis, and screening of cyclic pressure pulsing with nitrogen in hydraulically fractured wells

Cyclic pressure pulsing with nitrogen is studied for hydraulically fractured wells in depleted reservoirs. A compositional simulation model is constructed to represent the hydraulic fractures through local-grid refinement. The process is analyzed from both operational and reservoir/hydraulic-fracture perspectives. Key sensitivity parameters for the operational component are chosen ...

Sensitivity-based upscaling for history matching of reservoir models

Simulation of reservoir flow processes at the finest scale is computationally expensive and in some cases impractical. Consequently, upscaling of several fine-scale grid blocks into fewer coarse-scale grids has become an integral part of reservoir simulation for most reservoirs. This is because as the number of grid blocks increases, the number of flow equations increases and this ...

Experimental and modeling study of kinetics for methane hydrate formation in a crude oil-in-water emulsion

A low-viscosity emulsion of crude oil in water can be believed to be the bulk of a flow regime in a pipeline. To differentiate which crude oil would and which would not counter the blockage of flow due to gas hydrate formation in flow channels, varying amount of crude oil in water emulsion without any other extraneous additives has undergone methane gas hydrate formation in an ...

Waxes in asphaltenes of crude oils and wax deposits

Composition and molecular mass distribution of n-alkanes in asphaltenes of crude oils of different ages and in wax deposits formed in the borehole equipment were studied. In asphaltenes, n-alkanes from C12 to C60 were detected. The high molecular weight paraffins in asphaltenes would form a crystalline phase with a melting point of 80–90 °C. The peculiarities of the redistribution ...

Performance improvement of ionic surfactant flooding in carbonate rock samples by use of nanoparticles

Various surfactants have been used in upstream petroleum processes like chemical flooding. Ultimately, the performance of these surfactants depends on their ability to reduce the interfacial tension between oil and water. The surfactant concentration in the aqueous solution decreases owing to the loss of the surfactant on the rock surface in the injection process. The main ...

Where is the future of China’s biogas? Review, forecast, and policy implications

This paper discusses the history and present status of different categories of biogas production in China, most of which are classified into rural household production, agriculture-based engineering production, and industry-based engineering production. To evaluate the future biogas production of China, five models including the Hubbert model, the Weibull model, the generalized ...

Kinetics and mechanisms of the catalytic thermal cracking of asphaltenes adsorbed on supported nanoparticles

The production of heavy and extra-heavy oil is challenging because of the rheological properties that crude oil presents due to its high asphaltene content. The upgrading and recovery processes of these unconventional oils are typically water and energy intensive, which makes such processes costly and environmentally unfriendly. Nanoparticle catalysts could be used to enhance the ...

Catalytic aquathermolysis of Shengli heavy crude oil with an amphiphilic cobalt catalyst

An interfacially active cobalt complex, cobalt dodecylbenzenesulfonate, was synthesized. Elemental analysis, atomic absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis, and surface/interfacial tension determination were performed to investigate the properties of the catalyst. Results showed that the synthesized catalyst showed active ...

Laboratory studies of rice bran as a carbon source to stimulate indigenous microorganisms in oil reservoirs

There is a great interest in developing cost-efficient nutrients to stimulate microorganisms in indigenous microbial enhanced oil recovery (IMEOR) processes. In the present study, the potential of rice bran as a carbon source for promoting IMEOR was investigated on a laboratory scale. The co-applications of rice bran, K2HPO4 and urea under optimized bio-stimulation conditions ...

Estimation of the water–oil–gas relative permeability curve from immiscible WAG coreflood experiments using the cubic B-spline model

Immiscible water-alternating-gas (WAG) flooding is an EOR technique that has proven successful for water drive reservoirs due to its ability to improve displacement and sweep efficiency. Nevertheless, considering the complicated phase behavior and various multiphase flow characteristics, gas tends to break through early in production wells in heterogeneous formations because of ...

The coupling of dynamics and permeability in the hydrocarbon accumulation period controls the oil-bearing potential of low permeability reservoirs: a case study of the low permeability turbidite reservoirs in the middle part of the third member of Shahejie Formation in Dongying Sag

The relationships between permeability and dynamics in hydrocarbon accumulation determine oil-bearing potential (the potential oil charge) of low permeability reservoirs. The evolution of porosity and permeability of low permeability turbidite reservoirs of the middle part of the third member of the Shahejie Formation in the Dongying Sag has been investigated by detailed core ...

Positive carbon isotope excursions: global correlation and genesis in the Middle–Upper Ordovician in the northern Tarim Basin, Northwest China

Stable carbon isotope ratio (δ13Ccarb) analysis has been widely applied to the study of the inter-continental or global marine carbonate correlation. Large-scale Cambrian–Ordovician carbonate platforms were developed in the Tarim Basin. But research on fluctuation characteristics and global correlation of δ13Ccarb is still weak. Based on conodont biostratigraphy and whole-rock ...

Laboratory investigation of a new scale inhibitor for preventing calcium carbonate precipitation in oil reservoirs and production equipment

The formation of mineral scale is a complex problem during the oilfield operations. Scale inhibitors are widely used to prevent salt precipitation within reservoirs, in downhole equipment, and in production facilities. The scale inhibitors not only must have high effectiveness to prevent scale formation, but also have good adsorption–desorption characteristics, which determine the ...

Velocity calibration for microseismic event location using surface data

Because surface-based monitoring of hydraulic fracturing is not restricted by borehole geometry or the difficulties in maintaining subsurface equipment, it is becoming an increasingly common part of microseismic monitoring. The ability to determine an accurate velocity model for the monitored area directly affects the accuracy of microseismic event locations. However, velocity ...

Distribution and geochemical significance of phenylphenanthrenes and their isomers in selected oils and rock extracts from the Tarim Basin, NW China

Twenty-two oil samples and eight source rock samples collected from the Tarim Basin, NW China were geochemically analyzed to investigate the occurrence and distribution of phenylphenanthrene (PhP), phenylanthracene (PhA), and binaphthyl (BiN) isomers and methylphenanthrene (MP) isomers in oils and rock extracts with different depositional environments. Phenylphenanthrenes are ...

Numerical estimation of choice of the regularization parameter for NMR T2 inversion

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) T2 inversion is the basis of NMR logging interpretation. The regularization parameter selection of the penalty term directly influences the NMR T2 inversion result. We implemented both norm smoothing and curvature smoothing methods for NMR T2 inversion, and compared the inversion results with respect to the optimal regularization parameters (α opt) ...

A scenario analysis of oil and gas consumption in China to 2030 considering the peak CO2 emission constraint

China is now beginning its 13th five-year guideline. As the top CO2 emitter, China has recently submitted the intended nationally determined contributions and made the commitment to start reducing its total carbon emissions in or before 2030. In this study, a bottom-up energy system model is built and applied to analyze the energy (mainly coal, oil, and gas) consumption and carbon ...

Layer regrouping for water-flooded commingled reservoirs at a high water-cut stage

Layer regrouping is to divide all the layers into several sets of production series according to the physical properties and recovery percent of layers at high water-cut stage, which is an important technique to improve oil recovery for high water-cut multilayered reservoirs. Different regroup scenarios may lead to different production performances. Based on unstable oil–water flow ...

Fractional thermoelasticity applications for porous asphaltic materials

A new mathematical model of poro-thermoelasticity has been constructed in the context of a new consideration of heat conduction with fractional order. One-dimensional application for a poroelastic half-space saturated with fluid is considered. The surface of the half-space is assumed to be traction-free, permeable, and subjected to heating. The Laplace transform technique is used ...

Perikinetics and sludge study for the decontamination of petroleum produced water (PW) using novel mucuna seed extract

In this study, Mucuna flagellipes seed extract was applied in the coagulation–flocculation of produced water (PW). Process parameters such as pH, dosage, and settling time were investigated. Process kinetics was also studied. Instrumental characterization of mucuna seed (MS), mucuna seed coagulant (MSC), and post effluent treatment settled sludge (PTSS) were carried out. The ...

A new method for evaluating the injection effect of chemical flooding

Hall plot analysis, as a widespread injection evaluation method, however, often fails to achieve the desired result because of the inconspicuous change of the curve shape. Based on the cumulative injection volume, injection rate, and the injection pressure, this paper establishes a new method using the ratio of the pressure to the injection rate (RPI) and the rate of change of the ...

Numerical analysis of hydroabrasion in a hydrocyclone

The velocity profiles and separation efficiency curves of a hydrocyclone were predicted by an Euler–Euler approach using a computational fluid dynamics tool ANSYS-CFX 14.5. The Euler–Euler approach is capable of considering the particle–particle interactions and is appropriate for highly laden liquid–solid mixtures. Predicted results were compared and validated with experimental ...

CO2-triggered gelation for mobility control and channeling blocking during CO2 flooding processes

CO2 flooding is regarded as an important method for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and greenhouse gas control. However, the heterogeneity prevalently distributed in reservoirs inhibits the performance of this technology. The sweep efficiency can be significantly reduced especially in the presence of “thief zones”. Hence, gas channeling blocking and mobility control are important ...