An experimental study of CO 2-brine-rock interaction at in situ pressure-temperature reservoir conditions

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A detailed investigation of CO 2-brine-rock interactions, through a core flooding laboratory experiment, was carried out under simulated reservoir conditions (100°C and 24MPa). Changes in the ionic chemistry of the outlet solution, combined with core scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and bulk-rock X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the core pre- and post-experiment reveal new insights into CO 2-brine-rock interactions. Minerals such as potassium (K) feldspar, albite, calcite, and ankerite are variably dissolved after the experiments. Calcite is the mineral most affected by dissolution, followed by ankerite, whereas dissolution of feldspar minerals is minimal. Small amounts of kaolinite and solid phases were generated as a result of the experiment. The solid phases are mainly comprised of C, O, Na, Cl, Al, and Si, and are presumed to be the transitional products in the formation of carbonate minerals. The very low fluid penetration rate in the experiment resulted in significantly reduced contact area between the acidic CO 2 fluid and minerals in the cores, resulting in low rates of feldspar dissolution. Core permeability decreased substantially throughout the experiment, although core porosity remained unchanged. The permeability reduction is the result of precipitation of new mineral phases (e.g., kaolinite and solid phases), and potentially also the presence of clay particles released by the dissolution of carbonate cement, which have then been transported in the fluid flow path and accumulated at pore throats. The results provide new insights into CO 2 trapping mechanisms in depleted oil and gas reservoirs, and into the potential formation damage that may result from massive injections of CO 2 into reservoirs during enhanced oil recovery programs. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

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Yu, Z., Liu, L., Yang, S., Li, S., & Yang, Y. (2012). An experimental study of CO 2-brine-rock interaction at in situ pressure-temperature reservoir conditions. Chemical Geology, 326327, 88–101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.07.030

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