The Utilization of Ultrasound for Improving Oil Recovery and Formation Damage Remediation in Petroleum Reservoirs: Review of Most Recent Researches

Ephraim Wisdom Otumudia, Hossein Hamidi* (Corresponding Author), Prashant Jadhawar, Kejian Wu

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Abstract

The ultrasound method is a low-cost, environmentally safe technology that may be utilized in the petroleum industry to boost oil recovery from the underground reservoir via enhanced oil recovery or well stimulation campaigns. The method uses a downhole instrument to propagate waves into the formation, enhancing oil recovery and/or removing formation damage around the wellbore that has caused oil flow constraints. Ultrasonic technology has piqued the interest of the petroleum industry, and as a result, research efforts are ongoing to fill up the gaps in its application. This paper discusses the most recent research on the investigation of ultrasound’s applicability in underground petroleum reservoirs for improved oil recovery and formation damage remediation. New study areas and scopes were identified, and future investigations were proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4906
JournalEnergies
Volume15
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2022

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Acknowledgments
E.O. gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund–TETFund through the award of a PhD scholarship. The University of Aberdeen UK provided the necessary tools for this research, which the authors are thankful for. DCI Test Systems assisted the authors in the design of the Hassler type core holder, and the same can be fabricated by the company.

Keywords

  • ultrasonic waves
  • formation damage
  • oil recovery
  • laboratory studies
  • ultrasonic frequency
  • ultrasonic power

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