Chemistry and Technology of Fuels and Oils

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 202–207 | Cite as

Enhanced oil recovery from heavy oil reservoirs utilizing a displacement agent

  • Fusheng Zhang
  • Jian Ouyang
  • Xintong Ma
  • Huaibin Zhang
  • Dewei Wang
  • Xinfang Feng

An oil displacement agent consisting of nonionic and anionic surfactants and emulsion stabilizers has been developed to enhance oil recovery from heavy oil reservoirs. The experimental results show that the proposed displacement agent enhances oil recovery by more than 20 % compared with water flooding and that the emulsion contained in the fluid produced can be easily broken (demulsified). The mechanism of action for the displacement agent is described.


displacement agent mechanism oil recovery viscosity interfacial tension wetting contact angle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fusheng Zhang
    • 1
  • Jian Ouyang
    • 1
  • Xintong Ma
    • 2
  • Huaibin Zhang
    • 1
  • Dewei Wang
    • 3
  • Xinfang Feng
    • 1
  1. 1.Oilfield Chemistry Key Laboratory, CNPC (Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and evelopment, PetroChina)BeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Chemical EngineeringEast China University of Science and TechnologyShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Jinzhou Oil Production, Liaohe Oilfield Company, PetrochinaLiaoning LinghaiChina

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