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Title: Sacrificial adsorbate for surfactants utilized in chemical floods of enhanced oil recovery operations

Abstract

The present invention is directed to a sacrificial or competitive adsorbate for surfactants contained in chemical flooding emulsions for enhanced oil recovery operations. The adsorbate to be utilized in the method of the present invention is a caustic effluent from the bleach stage or the weak black liquor from the digesters and pulp washers of the kraft pulping process. This effluent or weak black liquor is injected into an oil-bearing subterranean earth formation prior to or concurrent with the chemical flood emulsion and is adsorbed on the active mineral surfaces of the formation matrix so as to effectively reduce adsorption of surfactant in the chemical flood. Alternatively, the effluent or liquor can be injected into the subterranean earth formation subsequent to a chemical flood to displace the surfactant from the mineral surfaces for the recovery thereof.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6785063
Assignee:
TIC; ERA-06-019765; EDB-81-060858
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; SURFACTANTS; ADSORPTION; WATERFLOODING; ENHANCED RECOVERY; LIGNIN; LIQUID WASTES; PETROLEUM; SULFONIC ACID ESTERS; CARBOHYDRATES; ENERGY SOURCES; ESTERS; FLUID INJECTION; FOSSIL FUELS; FUELS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; ORGANIC SULFUR COMPOUNDS; POLYSACCHARIDES; RECOVERY; SACCHARIDES; SORPTION; WASTES 020300* -- Petroleum-- Drilling & Production

Citation Formats

Johnson, J.S. Jr., and Westmoreland, C.G. Sacrificial adsorbate for surfactants utilized in chemical floods of enhanced oil recovery operations. United States: N. p., 1980. Web.
Johnson, J.S. Jr., & Westmoreland, C.G. Sacrificial adsorbate for surfactants utilized in chemical floods of enhanced oil recovery operations. United States.
Johnson, J.S. Jr., and Westmoreland, C.G. Wed . "Sacrificial adsorbate for surfactants utilized in chemical floods of enhanced oil recovery operations". United States.
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author = {Johnson, J.S. Jr. and Westmoreland, C.G.},
abstractNote = {The present invention is directed to a sacrificial or competitive adsorbate for surfactants contained in chemical flooding emulsions for enhanced oil recovery operations. The adsorbate to be utilized in the method of the present invention is a caustic effluent from the bleach stage or the weak black liquor from the digesters and pulp washers of the kraft pulping process. This effluent or weak black liquor is injected into an oil-bearing subterranean earth formation prior to or concurrent with the chemical flood emulsion and is adsorbed on the active mineral surfaces of the formation matrix so as to effectively reduce adsorption of surfactant in the chemical flood. Alternatively, the effluent or liquor can be injected into the subterranean earth formation subsequent to a chemical flood to displace the surfactant from the mineral surfaces for the recovery thereof.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {8}
}