Polymers in Oil Recovery and Production

  • David E. Graham


Polymers are used in a wide variety of oil field operations in recovering and producing crude oil. In the majority of cases their main function is to control the viscosity of aqueous fluids for a variety of different reasons. These reasons are highlighted for drilling, cementing, reservoir fracturing and reservoir mobility control fluids and also oil producing chemicals. The complex nature of each fluid is discussed and the difficulties in polymer flooding a multizonal reservoir are highlighted. The different chemicals are briefly discussed in terms of their advantages and limitations.


Well Bore Drilling Fluid Fluid Loss Mobility Ratio Fluid Component 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David E. Graham
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  1. 1.BP Research CentreSunbury-on-Thames, MiddlesexUK

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