Study of Plugging Capability and Seepage Characteristics of Air FoamFlooding in Low Permeability Reservoirs

Minxia He He, Zheng Sun, Yu Chen, Yongle Hu, Xiangfang Li, Yingfang Zhou

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Foam flooding is an effective method to control water channeling in low permeability reservoirs. However,due to injection difficulty and poor foam plugging ability encountered in the application of foam floodingin field scale, oilfield production has not achieved expected effects. Therefore, it is of great significanceto carry out research on foam plugging ability and multi-cycle gas-liquid alternating fluid seepage law toimprove the development effect of foam flooding. This paper establishes a resistance factor model to evaluate foam plugging ability and analyzes sensitivityparameters. By studying the characteristics of gas phase relative permeability under multiple cycles ofgas-liquid alternate injection, the reason for the difficulty of gas injection during foam flooding process isclarified from a theoretical view, and it provides an alternate strategy for adjustment of development plan. The results show that the resistance factor has an S-shaped relationship with the pore radius, a linearrelationship with the liquid viscosity, an L-shaped relationship with the bubble radius, and an n-shapedrelationship with the gas-liquid ratio, and the foam resistance factor is extremely sensitive to parameterchanges. Investigation on gas relative permeability has shown that as the number of alternate cycle increases,the relative permeability of gas phase generally decreases. At the same injection volume, gas phase relativepermeability in the long-period cycle is higher than that in the short-period cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPE Europec
Subtitle of host publicationFeatured at 82nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9781613997123
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
EventSPE Europec Featured at 82nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Dec 202011 Dec 2020


ConferenceSPE Europec Featured at 82nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition


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