Despite the increasing interest in CO2
foam flooding for enhanced oil recovery applications, it is challenging to have a successful field operation as the performance of the surfactant is often affected by the presence of crude oil and salinity of the water. It is also challenging to dispose of huge amounts of water associated with the field operation. Due to the incompatibility of the produced water with chemicals used in the foam system, the produced water cannot be used as an injecting fluid. The objective of this project is to design a chemical system compatible with produced water which may fully utilize the oil field produced water as an injecting fluid and make the foam injection economically viable and environmentally friendly. In this study, we investigate the performance of a foam system with a surfactant and the addition of polyelectrolyte and polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles (PECNP) in various salinities of produced water. A recipe is developed to prepare a nanoparticle solution that is sustainable in high salinity produced water. The rheological property of the foam, the stability, and durability of the foam with and without the presence of crude oil are measured and compared as the water salinity is changed. It is found that foam stability and durability deteriorated when water salinity increased. However, by the addition of polyelectrolyte and PECNP in the system, the foam stability and durability was improved even in high salinity water with or without the presence of crude oil.
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