Project title: IORSim development project
Project manager(s): Jan Sagen (IFE) and Aksel Hiorth (UiS/NORCE)
Objective: To develop a simulator that uses industry standard reservoir models and the important physio-chemical mechanism from the lab scale to predict the impact of an IOR strategy.
Project title: Environmental fate and effect of EOR polymers (PhD project)
Project manager(s): Eystein Opsahl (UiS), Roald Kommedal (UiS) and Aksel Hiorth (UiS/NORCE)
Objective: To provide understanding about the behaviour of polymers used for EOR in the marine environment at low concentrations. This will be done by applying modern toxicological methods, well-established tests used in environmental risk assessment and state-of-the-art analytical techniques based on light scattering.
Project title: Lab scale Polymer Test in porous media - Supporting Halliburton’s Large Scale Polymer Shear Test phase II
Project manager(s): Siv Marie Åsen (NORCE) and Amare Mebratu (Halliburton)
Objective: Lab work supporting and supplementing Halliburton’s large-scale phase II test and IRIS personnel’s involvement in the large-scale test. A detailed experimental test design for the large-scale phase II test is in progress and will focus on the shear degradation of polymers in a porous media. Support will be required from
IRIS researchers in designing the test set-up, carrying out sampling and measuring and interpreting the data. We will also perform lab-scale experiments using similar systems to those used in the large-scale test.
Project title: Smart Water for EOR by Membranes (PhD project)
Project manager(s): Torleiv Bilstad (UiS)
Objective: The main objective of the project is to produce smart water from seawater and produced water (PW). A second objective includes evaluating the proper pre-treatment of PW. Produced water treatment includes oil removal and a reduction in total dissolved solids
Project title: Polymer rheology at micro- and Darcy scale
Project manager: Siv Marie Åsen
Objective: The primary objective is to perform dedicated experiments at micro and Darcy scale to verify/
substantiate or reject models that explains the behaviour of polymer solutions in porous media.
In addition to traditional investigation, the polymer will be studied with novel/advanced techniques such as microfluidics, imaging techniques and instruments for analysing the distribution of molecular weight. This will be done in cooperation with ongoing projects in the IOR Centre. Modelling tools devolved in the Centre will be used to model the polymer behaviour at pore scale, lab scale and field scale. Results from phase II of the large-scale polymer test can be included.
Project title: Risk Management/ERA
Project manager: To be decided
Objective: To develop tools for risk-informed decision-making related to IOR solutions developed at the Centre. This project will connect with the other research activities in the Centre by gathering information about the solution developed, assessing the associated environmental risk, and providing decision support to the further R&D activities. It will thus be an activity that runs through the entire Centre activities.
Project title: Improve IOR models in IORSim
Project manager: To be decided
Objective: Improve IOR models in IORSim to predict the behaviour of IOR chemicals in realistic field cases.