Sensitivity analysis of parameters affecting nano-polymer solution for water shutoff in carbonate rocks

Sakar Soka, Hiwa Sidiq

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Excessive water production impacts the economics of petroleum reservoir and often leads to their premature shut-in. Production of high saline water represents a major corrosion for casing, tubing, flow lines, and production facilities. Polymer solution has been used to control water production and to plug in high-temperature reservoirs. Most of these polymer solutions consist of polyacrylamide-based polymer and an organic or inorganic cross linker. Polyethylene mine has been used as an organic cross-linked for polyacrylamide. Literature reported that polyethylene mine can also form ringing gels with polyacrylamide copolymers in addition to polyacrylamide concentration. In this study, nano-chemical solutions has been prepared and studied in detail for their efficacy at reservoir condition. The compositions of the nano-chemicals mainly consisted of polyacrylamide mixed with nano particles, cement, coated-clay and polyethylene mine as cross-linker. The aim of using nano particles and coated-clay was to control gel performance and strength under the reservoir condition. Moreover, the effect of nano-chemical composition at higher temperature have been studied extensively on the gelation properties, elastic modulus, viscosity, and swelling ratio. Results showed that the elastic modulus and viscosity improve significantly with the increasing nano particle concentration. Coated-clay can control the gelation time as clay swallows and absorbs more formation water in the target zone, when its thin coated film breaks down, lesser water production can be predicted.

Cited as: Soka, S., Sidiq, H. Sensitivity analysis of parameters affecting nano-polymer solution for water shutoff in carbonate rocks. Advances in Geo-Energy Research, 2022, 6(3): 230-240.


Nano-polymer solution, polyacrylamide/polyethylene, cross-linker, water shut-off, polymer

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