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Pilot Performance of Chemical Demulsifier on the Demulsification of Produced Water from Polymer/Surfactant Flooding in the Xinjiang Oilfield
Chen, Dong; Li, Feng; Gao, Yingxin; Yang, Min
2018-01-12
Source PublicationWATER
ISSN2073-4441
Volume10Issue:12Pages:-
SubtypeArticle
AbstractPurification of produced water (PW) from polymer/surfactant flooding is a challenge for the petroleum industry due to the high emulsion stability. Demulsification using chemical demulsifiers has been expected to be an effective way to treat PW. In this paper, five cationic (branched quaternary ammonium chloride) and four nonionic (copolymer of propylene oxide and ethylene oxide) demulsifiers with different molecular weights were employed to test their respective demulsification performance in the treatment of PW from polymer/surfactant flooding. The cationic demulsifiers, in general, exhibited better performance than the nonionic ones and one cationic demulsifier (CP-1) exhibiting the best demulsification efficiency was further employed for a pilot experiment in the Xinjiang Oilfield. The oil content of PW could be successfully reduced from 128 similar to 7364 to less than 10 mg/L with a dosage of CP-1 for 350 mg/L and polyaluminum chloride (PAC, 30% w/w Al2O3) for 500 mg/L under ambient temperature (14 similar to 22 degrees C). At the same time, partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAM) was removed from 176.9 similar to 177.1 to 2.8 similar to 3.9 mg/L while petroleum sulfonate was not removed too much (from 35.5 similar to 43.8 to 25.5 similar to 26.5 mg/L). The interfacial rheology analysis on simulated PW from HPAM/petroleum sulfonate flooding revealed that the addition of CP-1 led to a significant increase of the oil-water interfacial tension (from 7 to 15 similar to 20 mN/m) and zeta potential (from -32.5 to -19.7 mV). It was, thus, assumed that the decreased net charge on the dispersed oil droplets surface and weakened oil/water film due to the formation of complex between the cationic demulsifier and HPAM may have facilitated the destabilization of the emulsion. The result of this study is useful in better understanding the demulsification processes as well as selecting suitable demulsifiers in the treatment of PW from polymer/surfactant flooding.
Department环境水质学国家重点实验室
Keywordproduced water polymer surfactant flooding demulsification demulsifier interfacial rheology
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.rcees.ac.cn/handle/311016/41168
Collection环境水质学国家重点实验室
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Chen, Dong,Li, Feng,Gao, Yingxin,et al. Pilot Performance of Chemical Demulsifier on the Demulsification of Produced Water from Polymer/Surfactant Flooding in the Xinjiang Oilfield[J]. WATER,2018,10(12):-.
APA Chen, Dong,Li, Feng,Gao, Yingxin,&Yang, Min.(2018).Pilot Performance of Chemical Demulsifier on the Demulsification of Produced Water from Polymer/Surfactant Flooding in the Xinjiang Oilfield.WATER,10(12),-.
MLA Chen, Dong,et al."Pilot Performance of Chemical Demulsifier on the Demulsification of Produced Water from Polymer/Surfactant Flooding in the Xinjiang Oilfield".WATER 10.12(2018):-.
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