The current research projects
The Centre’s goal is to perform R&D that will develop new knowledge and competence and contribute to the implementation of environmentally friendly technologies for maximizing oil recovery through improved volumetric sweep of mobile oil, and mobilization and displacement of immobile oil.
Task 1: Core scale
Task leader: Arne Stavland, IRIS
The aim of this task is to design novel experiments on core scale and develop models that capture the transport mechanisms observed. The deliverables of this task will be chemical systems that can improve the microscopic and microscopic sweep on clastic and chalk fields.
Task 2: Mineral fluid reactions at nano/submicron scale
Task leader: Udo Zimmermann, UiS
The research is focused on rock-fluid interactions when injecting fluids into rock formations either clastic or chemical sedimentary rocks. We deliver methods in the field of electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, specific surface area measurements and X-Ray Diffraction for further investigations of EOR related experiments. The geology of the hydrocarbon bearing formations plays a significant role.
Task 3: Pore scale
Task leader: Espen Jettestuen, IRIS
The focus in this task is to study the interplay between fluid transport, mineral reactions and oil recovery in reservoir rocks at pore scale. The main aspects are to identify the mechanisms that influence transport and reactions on the pore scale using experiments and numerical modeling, and then to evaluate if these mechanisms are important on the core scale.
Task 4: Upscaling and environmental impact
Task leader: Aksel Hiorth, UiS/IRIS
The main objective is to translate the knowledge we have about EOR processes on core scale to field scale. The deliverables from this task will be simulation models and work flows that can be used to design IOR operations and interpret IOR implementations.
Task 5: Tracer technology
Task leader: Tor Bjørnstad, IFE
The objective is the development of tracer technology to measure reservoir properties and (changing) conditions during production. The most important condition is the (remaining) oil saturation, either in the flooded volume between wells (interwell examinations) or in the near-well region out to some 10 m from the well (single-well huff-and-puff examinations).
Task 6: Reservoir simulation tools
Task leader: Robert Klöfkorn, IRIS
The primary objective of this task is to advance the state-of-the-art of modeling and simulation in context of reservoirs. Such advance is needed to cope with the challenges arising from scientific questions and targets of The National IOR Centre of Norway.
Task 7: Field scale evaluation and history matching
Task leader: Geir Nævdal, IRIS
We are focusing on history matching using 4D seismic data, tuning reservoir parameters to obtain reservoir models that are matching the actual observations. We are using ensemble based methods, running with a set of different realizations of the parameter set and use statistical methods to tune the parameters. The outcome is a set of reservoir simulation models that are aligned with actual observations.