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Investigation of enhanced oil recovery processes in complex fractured reservoirs


Project Description

Oil recovery from fractured reservoirs is a complex process due to the presence of high-permeability fracture networks. Many processes that have been used successfully in sandstone reservoirs may not be economically feasible in fractured reservoirs. In most of the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes, immiscible displacement of oil phase is involved. Immiscible displacement in porous media during enhanced oil recovery processes requires in-depth understanding of rock and fluids interactions. Furthermore, liquid chemicals/foam can be used to unlock oil from reservoirs where high-contrast of permeability is a challenge for gas injection. In this project, the oil recovery process from fractured reservoirs where the flow channels are complex will be investigated. It is aimed to develop a representative physical model for immiscible displacement process experiments in the laboratory and visualise the interaction of displacing and displaced fluids. Then different injection scenarios will be studied, and optimisation of the injection schemes to achieve high energy efficiencies will be conducted.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Petroleum Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Reservoir Engineering, Soil Remediation.

Essential background: Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics with knowledge of Petroleum Engineering, Multiphase Flow in Porous Media, Immiscible Displacement.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr A Sharifi () with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

This project may require some additional research costs in addition to tuition fees and living expenses (£5,000). Contact supervisor for further details

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Petroleum Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website. THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT.

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