Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

Low-salinity water flooding (LSWF)


"Developing technologies for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) from existing oil fields would supply the world's energy needs for several decades. The application of EOR in many major oil-producing countries remains in its conceptual stage. Thermal and gas EOR methods achieve high incremental rates; however, their application range has not broadened significantly as they have matured, while the rate at which new, promising EOR methods such as Low-salinity water flooding (LSWF) are being implemented is alarming. Despite, the potential of LSWF its development and application has been hindered by the lack of consensus concerning its recovery mechanism(s). Every oil reservoir has a unique ionic environment that changes naturally and by human intervention, which makes it difficult to identify recovery mechanism(s) in EOR methods such as LSWF. This study updates the EOR selection criteria and presents new EOR screening tools based on dataset distribution, incremental recovery and deterministic modeling. LSWF recovery mechanisms are investigated by statistical analysis and numerical solutions. Furthermore, an up-scaled multi-dimensional model is developed for LSWF under various reservoir wetting conditions. Finally, a risk analysis case study is included. The results in this study include an incremental recovery prediction model for miscible CO₂ flooding. The use of statistical analysis and reservoir simulation identifies different LSWF recovery mechanism(s) based on the initial and final wetting state in conjunction with injection brine chemistry. Three dimensional models of LSWF outline the importance of sweep efficiency and the potential incremental recovery in oil-wet reservoirs. On a separate note, hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) risk in anthropogenic CO₂ transportation is highlighted"--Abstract, page iii.


Bai, Baojun

Committee Member(s)

Dunn-Norman, Shari
Nygaard, Runar
Wu, Yu-Shu
Flori, Ralph E.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Petroleum Engineering


Kuwait Oil Company
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2012


xviii, 239 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-238).


© 2012 Ahmad Aladasani, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Enhanced oil recovery
Oil field brines
Oil field flooding

Thesis Number

T 10019

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