In the field of enhancing the efficiency of hydrocarbons extraction we focus activities of the Centre on development of methods for in situ oil refining (aqua thermolysis, in situ combustion, use of catalysts) and development of methods for ground control of processes indicators inside the reservoir.
The following world-class laboratories were launched at the Institute of Geology and Petroleum Technologies within the framework of Centre of Excellence in New Technologies of High-viscosity Oil and Natural Bitumen Production:
To advance research in the area of enhanced oil recovery KFU plans to organise a Centre for studying unconventional sources of hydrocarbons and developing technology for enhancing oil recovery of layers, investigation of the processes of oil extraction, as well as solving practical tasks on the basis of complex geochemical, lithologic and petrographic, petrophysic, hydrodynamic research.
The Center carries out interdisciplinary research in the following areas:
Unique equipment of the Centre
Research Centre is fitted with all the necessary set of equipment and experimental techniques, which allow to pursue a full cycle of R&D works in the field of thermal and catalytic methods of enhanced oil recovery.
STA 449C Jupiter+QMS 403C Aeolos Netzsch Simultaneous thermogravimetry + differential scanning calorimetry + mass spectrometry technique (three techniques in one device)
- Temperature range: room temperature – 1500 C;
- Heating and cooling rates: 0.01 K/min – 50 K/min;
- Mass of sample: 1 – 5000 mg;
- Atmosphere: inert, oxidative, static, replacement, dynamic;
- Simultaneous thermal experiments with mass-spectrometry analysis are available;
- Equipped with a unique system PulseTA
Measured heat effect (heat, enthalpy); temperature of fusion, crystallization, re-crystalization, phase transition, glass transition, chemical reaction, thermal degradation; loss of mass; remaining mass and oxidation temperature etc. Mass-spectrometry gives an opportunity to analyze gaseous products.
Accelerating Rate Calorimeter ARC? 254 (Adiabatic reactionary calorimetry)
This equipment is used for physical-chemical studies of oxidation and pyrolysis of crude oils and bitumen as well as behavior of explosive and thermally unstable compounds. This equipment has special VariPhi module, that enables to study reactions in different modes, and an injection system for input of liquid and gaseous compounds during the experiments. Heating rate: 0.01 - 10 K/min
Temperature range: 0-550˚С
Pressure range: 0-600 bars
Sample volume: 0.,5 – 130 ml
Ramped Temperature Oxidation (RTO) (Plant for Oil Oxidation Studies under Linear Temperature Change)
This plant is used for modeling reservoir in-situ combustion conditions, studies of oil oxidation kinetics in porous media (activation energy), estimation of amount of coke formed. The obtained results can be applied for assessment of field suitability to its development by the in-situ combustion technology.