Development of fly ash reinforced nanocomposite preformed particle gel for the control of excessive water production in the mature oil fields
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad, Jharkhand 826004, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad, Jharkhand 826004, India
3 Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad, Jharkhand 826004, India
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Accepted: 30 October 2018
One of the appropriate methods to minimize water production and increase sweep efficiency is the utilization of Preformed Particle Gel (PPG) in the mature oil fields. In this paper, a new fly ash reinforced nanocomposite PPG was developed by the reaction of acrylamide as monomer, N,N′-Methylenebis (acrylamide) as crosslinker and nano fly ash in presence of Potassium Persulfate as initiator and it was compared with a conventional PPG which was designed without nano fly ash. On the incorporation of nano fly ash, swelling performance and thermal stability of PPG had increased significantly. Rheological data revealed that dynamic moduli (G′ and G″) of fly ash reinforced nanocomposite PPG has improved viscoelastic properties with a higher value of critical shear stress as compared to conventional PPG. The single sandpack flow experiment has shown the injectivity of nanocomposite PPG into the sandpack with a maximum resistance factor of 60.57. However, parallel-sandpack flow experiment showed that the newly developed nano fly ash reinforced nanocomposite PPG has a profile improvement rate of 92.98% and 97.83% for the permeability contrast of 2.16 and 4.14 respectively and hence it may be a promising agent in reducing excessive water production in mature oil fields.
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