Oil Recovery by Alkaline-Surfactant-Foam (ASF) Flooding: Effect of Drive Foam Quality on Oil Bank Propagation

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Alkaline-Surfactant-Foam flooding is a novel enhanced oil recovery process which increases oil recovery over water flooding by combining lowering of the oil-water interfacial tension by two to three orders of magnitude and foaming. We report an experimental study of the formation of the oil bank and its displacement by foam drives of varying qualities. Experiments include: (a) bulk phase behaviour and foam testing studies using n-hexadecane and a single internal olefin sulfonate surfactant which was found to lower the oil-water interfacial tension by at least two orders of magnitude and (b) series of CT scanned core-floods using Bentheimer sandstone cores. A major goal of this study was to investigate the effect of drive foam quality on oil bank displacement. Core-flood results, performed at under-optimum salinity conditions yielding an oil-water interfacial tension in the order of 10-1 mN/m, showed similar ultimate oil recovery factors for the range of drive foam qualities studied. Although the total oil recovery is not affected by drive foam quality, results indicate a more frontal oil bank displacement at lower foam qualities. The findings in this study suggest that a) a lower drive foam quality favours oil bank displacement and b) the amount of clean oil produced by the oil bank is not effected by drive foam quality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference
Subtitle of host publicationTulsa, United States
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2018
EventSPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference 2018 - Tulsa, United States
Duration: 14 Apr 201818 Apr 2018


ConferenceSPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference 2018
CountryUnited States


  • Alkaline-Surfactant-Foam
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)
  • oil
  • chemical EOR
  • Foam EOR
  • gas EOR
  • core-flood


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