Project title: Micro- and nano-analytical methods for EOR (PhD project)
Project manager(s): Udo Zimmermann (UiS), Merete Vadla Madland (UiS) and Mona Wetrhus Minde (UiS)
Objective: This project focuses on understanding EOR mechanisms at a sub-micron scale using several state-of-the-art micro- and nano-analytical techniques. Imaging and analyses of texture and chemistry to describe alteration in sedimentary rocks due to flooding with non-equilibrium brines.
Project title: Raman and nano-Raman spectroscopy applied to fine-grained sedimentary rocks (chalk, siltstones and shales) to understand mineralogical changes for IOR application (PhD project)
Project manager(s): Udo Zimmermann (UiS), Sergio Andò (Università Milano Bicocca) and Laura Borromeo (UiS)
Objective: The project aims to increase knowledge of Raman spectroscopy applications for EOR processes and the understanding of mineral identification. Through the combination of micro- and nano-Raman and AFM, we will be able to identify the mineral phase and visualize the area. The project will concentrate on the aspect of mineral growth, its predictability in chemical sedimentary rocks and the effects of flooding experiments on reservoir chalk, as well as possible clastic rocks.
Project title: Applying the analytical tool box to specific EOR related experiments to enhance oil recovery and to assist upscaling
Project manager: Udo Zimmermann
Objective: To understand Smart Water effects at micro- and nano-level and link these alterations to changes in geo-mechanical parameters of reservoir rocks, now on specific applied areas: fractures, the role of clays/non-carbonate minerals and high porosity zones. These data will be crucial for upscaling of Smart Water.