Recovery of low permeability reservoirs considering well shut-ins and surfactant additivities

Shuai Li, Jun Tang, Yunhong Ding, Shimin Liu, Guangfeng Liu, Bo Cai

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To investigate the mechanism whereby well shut-ins and surfactant additivities can increase hydrocarbon output after hydraulic fracturing, in this paper, we simulated well shut-ins with one end open (OEO) rock samples and performed a serious of imbibition experiments with different surfactant additivities based on contact angle (CA) and interfacial tension (IFT) measurements. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods were also been adopted in the detection before and after shut-ins. The results demonstrated that cationic surfactants result in better improving oil recovery (IOR) performance due to their high wettability alteration ability on vertical fracture faces, while different kinds of surfactants have a similar ability in lowering IFT. As for shut-ins duration, the NMR transverse relaxation time (T2) spectrum move towards the left side, indicating that aqueous phases migrate to smaller pores spaces and deeper distances. Aqueous migration during the shut-ins period can remove near-fracture trapped water, while surfactant additivities can accelerate and enhance this process, and these two points are the most direct reasons for the observed hydrocarbon output increases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1279
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Building and Construction
  • Fuel Technology
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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