Formation damage: An oil crisis
During the production phase/EOR phases, solutions are pumped into the reservoir to produce the hydrocarbons trapped in the porous spaces.
Pumping these solutions at a high rate, low salinity or at a high pH might detach the small residues or clay minerals found within the porous spaces. These detached particles will plug pore throats, which restricts flow and creates a loss in hydrocarbon productivity.
This project simplifies the phenomenon above and uses latex particles instead. By observing the behaviour of these particles under flow rate, salinity and pH alterations, we can understand the phenomenon that is formation damage and utilize the acquired knowledge in the industry.
Future energy and resources
Australian School of Petroleum