Nanoparticles for Viscous Oil Recovery

Kishore Mohanty

Funding source: Department of Energy (NETL)

Funding amount: $100K

The North Slope of Alaska has large deposits of viscous oil in Ugnu, West Sak and Shraeder Bluff reservoirs. The proximity to the permafrost is an issue for thermal methods; thus nonthermal methods must be considered. The objective of this proposal is to identify chemical methods for viscous oil recovery. In some rocks, oil gets trapped in larger pores. Nanoparticles can be injected to plug smaller pores and redirect fluid into larger pores, possibly recovering oil without significant drop in permeability. This hypothesis would be tested in this research.