Behnam Sedaee Sola
(Visiting PhD student from Amir Kabir University, Tehran, Iran)
(Co-advised by Dr. F. Rashidi and Dr. T. Babadagli)
"Investigation of Temperature Effect on Carbonate Reservoir Water/Oil Relative permeabilities
in Thermal EOR"
Behnam's research focuses on heavy-oil recovery from fractured carbonate reservoirs.
There exists giant heavy-oil fields in Iran (>20MMM bbl OOIP), mostly carbonate reservoirs.
Development of such fields requires EOR applications. Obviously, steam injection is the first method to
consider but its efficiency for highly fractured
carbonates is questionable.
Behnam's research covers the development of oil-water
relative permeabilities for carbonate systems. The apparatus shown below is used to run high temperature
unsteady-state displacement tests. Original
reservoir oil is used in all experiments.
LEFT: Original carbonate core samples used in the experiments and
RIGHT: High pressure-high temperature injection system.
- Sola, B.S., Rashidi, F. and Babadagli, T.: “Temperature Effects on the
Heavy Oil-Water Relative Permeabilities of Carbonate Rocks,” J. Petr. Sci. and Eng.,vol. 59, 2007, 27-42.