ShaleEOR™ will play a major role in heavy oil and tight/shale oil recovery. Nanomaterials demonstrate two effects on the oil recovery process: a) modifying the crude oil’s rheology; and b) serving as catalysts to upgrade heavy oil during steam injection to maximize oil production.
Summary of ShaleEOR's main criteria: a) the nanomaterial is made by a simple, scalable, and inexpensive method that allows for easy injection; b) the nanomaterial is small enough for transport in rock pores without damage to the formation; and c) has a high oil viscosity reduction factor.
ShaleEOR's green oilfield nanofluid is able to recover viscous heavy oil and hydraulically fractured tight/shale oil. Its viscosity reduction is based on a chemical reaction in the resrvoir that allows the nanofluid to exhibit multiple benefits to displace the oil from the reservoir.
Nanoparticles have recently gained attention as effective agents for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) applications. ShaleEOR™ offers a low-cost nanofluid as an opportunity to maximize oil production with no environmental footprint.
ShaleEOR™ reduces viscosity, reduces interfacial tension, and wettability alteration for improved sweep efficiency and improves mobility to significantly improve recovery of hydraulically fractured tight shale oil.
Finding an economical, environmentally friendly and efficient method to extract the remaining oil remains a challenge. Oil companies are always looking for novel techniques to recover the trapped oil.
ShaleEOR™ nanofluid drastically improves oil recovery by changing the geomechanics of the reservoir and modifying the reservoir properties by interfacial tension reduction, wettability alteration, significant oil, and significant viscosity reduction.
Most oil reservoirs around the world are experiencing the second half of life. Hence, the necessity of an appropriate enhanced EOR method like ShaleEOR™ has proved its potential to enhance shale oil recovery.
ShaleEOR™ has the potential to profoundly change shale EOR to improve the mechanism of oil recovery by improving the displacement of oil to maintain profitable production rates, extend the life of the assets, and increase ultimate oil recovery.
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