Nano-revolution applications in improving oil recovery techniques

Authors

Ahmed Moawad Ahmed, (Corresponding Author)
General Petroleum Company, Egypt.

Said Kamel Salem, Shady Galal Elrammah
Petroleum Engineering Department, Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez University, Suez, Egypt.

Abstract

Nano-revolution is of great importance in enhancing oil extraction. The increasing oil demand prompted scientists to think of new technology to improve oil recovery. The nanoparticle, which reaches a scale of 1-100 nanometers, is an influential element in enhancing oil production. Nanoparticles help recover the trapped oil by several mechanisms such as interfacial tension reduction, wettability alteration of the porous media, disjoining pressure, and mobility ratio reduction. This research investigates the effects of different nanoparticles, such as silica, iron oxide, and zinc oxide nanoparticles, on oil recovery. The results showed that nanoflooding improves oil recovery more than conventional water flooding.