Advertisement

Application of Nanoparticles-Based Technologies in the Oil and Gas Industry

  • Rellegadla Sandeep
  • Shikha Jain
  • Akhil AgrawalEmail author
Chapter
  • 47 Downloads
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Abstract

The demand for energy is inclined toward staggering heights worldwide and is proportional to the requirements of crude oil for satisfying energy needs. Globally, pollution has created a menace in each and every portion of the society we look at. Therefore, much of the today’s technology is focused on making the process much economical and sustainable, thereby lowering pressures on environment. Nanotechnology has provided options to enhance such possibilities by contributing to more economical, highly efficient and sustainable approaches with environmentally favored technologies than those conventionally available. This chapter addresses such roles of nanotechnology in different jobs played around the oil and gas industry, such as exploration industry, drilling and production, refining and processing, and in enhanced oil recovery. Besides, the different types of nanomaterials such as nanoparticles, nanoemulsions, nanosensors and nanofluids available for these applications have been discussed. Moreover, the mechanisms which reflect the activity of these nanomaterials have been explained individually. The chapter discusses how nanotechnology-based technologies can achieve more efficient, effective and potential impact in the oil and gas industry.

References

  1. Abidin A, Puspasari T, Nugroho W (2012) Polymers for enhanced oil recovery technology. Proc Chem 4:11–16CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Ahmadi M, Habibi A, Pourafshari P, Ayatollahi S (2011) Zeta potential investigation and mathematical modeling of nanoparticles deposited on the rock surface to reduce fine migration. In: SPE middle east oil and gas show and conference, Manama, Bahrain. 142633-MS, 25–28 September 2011. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  3. Al-Anssari S, Barifcani A, Wang S, Maxim L, Iglauer S (2016) Wettability alteration of oil-wet carbonate by silica nanofluid. J Colloid Interface Sci 461:435–442CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Al-Shehri AA, Ellis ES, Servin JMF, Kosynkin DV, Kanj MY, Schmidt HK (2013) Illuminating the reservoir: magnetic nanomappers. In: SPE middle east oil and gas show and conference, Manama, Bahrain. 164461-MS, 10–13 March 2013. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  5. Alomair OA, Matar KM, Alsaeed YH (2014) Nanofluids application for heavy oil recovery. In: SPE Asia pacific oil & gas conference and exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 171539-MS, 14–16 October 2014. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  6. Alvarado V, Manrique E (2010) Enhanced oil recovery: an update review. Energies 3:1529–1575CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Amanullah M, Al-Tahini AM (2009) Nano-technology-its significance in smart fluid development for oil and gas field application. In: SPE Saudi Arabia section technical symposium, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. 126102-MS, 9–11 May 2009. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  8. Aveyard R, Binks BP, Clint JH (2003) Emulsions stabilised solely by colloidal particles. Adv Colloid Interface Sci 100:503–546CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Ayatollahi S, Zerafat MM (2012) Nanotechnology-assisted EOR techniques: new solutions to old challenges. In: SPE international oilfield nanotechnology conference and exhibition, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. 157094-MS, 12–14 June 2012. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  10. Bennetzen MV, Mogensen K (2014) Novel applications of nanoparticles for future enhanced oil recovery. In: International petroleum technology conference, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. IPTC-17857-MS, 10–12 December 2014Google Scholar
  11. Bera A, Belhaj H (2016) Application of nanotechnology by means of nanoparticles and nanodispersions in oil recovery—a comprehensive review. J Nat Gas Sci Eng 34:1284–1309CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Binks BP, Lumsdon S (2000) Influence of particle wettability on the type and stability of surfactant-free emulsions. Langmuir 16:8622–8631CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Binks BP, Rodrigues JA (2005) Inversion of emulsions stabilized solely by ionizable nanoparticles. Angew Chem Int Ed 44:441–444CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Binks BP, Philip J, Rodrigues JA (2005) Inversion of silica-stabilized emulsions induced by particle concentration. Langmuir 21:3296–3302CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Callaghan CA (2006) Kinetics and catalysis of the water-gas-shift reaction: a microkinetic and graph theoretic approach. Doctoral thesis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. https://digitalcommons.wpi.edu/etd-dissertations/255
  16. Cassidy M, Chan H, Ross B, Bhattacharya P, Marcus CM (2013) In vivo magnetic resonance imaging of hyperpolarized silicon particles. Nat Nanotechnol 8:363CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Chaudhury MK (2003) Complex fluids: spread the word about nanofluids. Nature 423:131CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Chengara A, Nikolov AD, Wasan DT, Trokhymchuk A, Henderson D (2004) Spreading of nanofluids driven by the structural disjoining pressure gradient. J Colloid Interface Sci 280:192–201CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Cheraghian G, Tardasti S (2012) Improved oil recovery by the efficiency of nano-particle in imbibition mechanism. In: 2nd EAGE international conference KazGeoGoogle Scholar
  20. Cheraghian G, Hendraningrat L (2016) A review on applications of nanotechnology in the enhanced oil recovery part A: effects of nanoparticles on interfacial tension. Int Nano Lett 6:129–138CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Cheraghian G, Hemmati M, Masihi M, Bazgir S (2013) An experimental investigation of the enhanced oil recovery and improved performance of drilling fluids using titanium dioxide and fumed silica nanoparticles. J Nanostruct Chem 3:78CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Clark PD, Hyne JB (1990) Studies on the chemical reactions of heavy oils under steam stimulation condition. Aostra J Res 29:29–39Google Scholar
  23. Clark PD, Clarke RA, Hyne JB, Lesage KL (1990) Studies on the effect of metal species on oil sands undergoing steam treatments. Aostra J Res 6:53–64Google Scholar
  24. Craig FF (1971) The reservoir engineering aspects of waterflooding, vol 3. HL Doherty Memorial Fund of AIME, New York. Society of Petroleum Engineers. ISBN: 978-0-89520-202-4Google Scholar
  25. El-Diasty AI, Ragab AMS (2013) Applications of nanotechnology in the oil & gas industry: latest trends worldwide & future challenges in Egypt. In: North Africa technical conference and exhibition, Cairo, Egypt. 164716-MS, 15–17 April 2013. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  26. Esmaeili A (2011) Applications of nanotechnology in oil and gas industry. In: AIP conference proceedings, vol 1. AIP, pp 133–136Google Scholar
  27. Giraldo J, Benjumea P, Lopera S, Cortés FB, Ruiz MA (2013) Wettability alteration of sandstone cores by alumina-based nanofluids. Energy Fuels 27:3659–3665CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Hashemi R, Nassar NN, Pereira Almao P (2013) Enhanced heavy oil recovery by in situ prepared ultradispersed multimetallic nanoparticles: a study of hot fluid flooding for Athabasca bitumen recovery. Energy Fuels 27:2194–2201CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  29. Hashemi R, Nassar NN, Almao PP (2014) Nanoparticle technology for heavy oil in-situ upgrading and recovery enhancement: opportunities and challenges. Appl Energy 133:374–387CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  30. He L, Xu J, Bin D (2016) Application of nanotechnology in petroleum exploration and development. Pet Explor Dev 43:1107–1115CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Hendraningrat L, Li S, Torsater O (2013) Effect of some parameters influencing enhanced oil recovery process using silica nanoparticles: an experimental investigation. In: SPE reservoir characterization and simulation conference and exhibition, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 165955-MS, 16–18 September 2013. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  32. Hirasaki G, Zhang DL (2004) Surface chemistry of oil recovery from fractured, oil-wet, carbonate formations. SPE J 9:151–162. 88365-PAGoogle Scholar
  33. Hyne J (1986) Aquathermolysis: a synopsis of work on the chemical reaction between water (Steam) and heavy oil sands during simulated steam stimulation. AOSTRA Library of Information Service, Canada, OSTI ID: 220464, Reference Number: SCA: 040401Google Scholar
  34. Jahagirdar SR (2008) Oil-microbe detection tool using nano optical fibers. In: SPE western regional and pacific section AAPG joint meeting, Bakersfield, California, USA. 113357-MS, 29 March–4 April 2008. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  35. Kapusta S, Balzano L, Te Riele PM (2011) Nanotechnology applications in oil and gas exploration and production. In: International petroleum technology conference, Bangkok, Thailand, International Petroleum Technology Conference. IPTC-15152-MS, 15–17 November 2011Google Scholar
  36. Karimi A, Fakhroueian Z, Bahramian A, Pour Khiabani N, Darabad JB, Azin R, Arya S (2012) Wettability alteration in carbonates using zirconium oxide nanofluids: EOR implications. Energy Fuels 26:1028–1036CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  37. Kazemzadeh Y, Eshraghi SE, Kazemi K, Sourani S, Mehrabi M, Ahmadi Y (2015) Behavior of asphaltene adsorption onto the metal oxide nanoparticle surface and its effect on heavy oil recovery. Ind Eng Chem Res 54:233–239CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  38. Ko S, Huh C (2018) Use of nanoparticles for oil production applications. J Petrol Sci Eng 172:97–114CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  39. Kong X, Ohadi M (2010) Applications of micro and nano technologies in the oil and gas industry- overview of the recent progress. In: Abu Dhabi international petroleum exhibition and conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 138241-MS, 1–4 November 2010. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  40. Krishnamoorti R (2006) Extracting the benefits of nanotechnology for the oil industry. J Petrol Technol 58:24–26CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  41. Le NYT, Pham DK, Le KH, Nguyen PT (2011) Design and screening of synergistic blends of SiO2 nanoparticles and surfactants for enhanced oil recovery in high-temperature reservoirs. Adv Nat Sci: Nanosci Nanotechnol 2:035013Google Scholar
  42. Le Van S, Chon BH (2016) Chemical flooding in heavy-oil reservoirs: from technical investigation to optimization using response surface methodology. Energies 9:711CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  43. Li G (2004) Properties of high-volume fly ash concrete incorporating nano-SiO2. Cem Concr Res 34:1043–1049CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  44. Li J, Meyyappan M (2011) Real time oil reservoir evaluation using nanotechnology. US Patents 7,875,455Google Scholar
  45. Li S, Genys M, Wang K, Torsæter O (2015) Experimental study of wettability alteration during nanofluid enhanced oil recovery process and its effect on oil recovery. In: SPE reservoir characterisation and simulation conference and exhibition, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 175610-MS, 14–16 September 2015. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  46. Maghzi A, Mohammadi S, Ghazanfari MH, Kharrat R, Masihi M (2012) Monitoring wettability alteration by silica nanoparticles during water flooding to heavy oils in five-spot systems: a pore-level investigation. Exp Thermal Fluid Sci 40:168–176CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  47. Li S, Hendraningrat L, Torsaeter O (2013) Improved oil recovery by hydrophilic silica nanoparticles suspension: 2 phase flow experimental studies. In: IPTC 2013: international petroleum technology conference, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers, Beijing, China, 26–28 March 2013Google Scholar
  48. Mandal A, Bera A, Ojha K, Kumar T (2012) Characterization of surfactant stabilized nanoemulsion and its use in enhanced oil recovery. In: SPE international oilfield nanotechnology conference and exhibition, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. 155406-MS, 12–14 June 2012. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  49. Mcelfresh PM, Olguin C, Ector D (2012) The application of nanoparticle dispersions to remove paraffin and polymer filter cake damage. In: SPE international symposium and exhibition on formation damage control, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. 151848-MS, 15–17 February 2012. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  50. Mohammed M, Babadagli T (2015) Wettability alteration: a comprehensive review of materials/methods and testing the selected ones on heavy-oil containing oil-wet systems. Adv Colloid Interface Sci 220:54–77CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  51. Molnes SN, Torrijos IP, Strand S, Paso KG, Syverud K (2016) Sandstone injectivity and salt stability of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) dispersions—Premises for use of CNC in enhanced oil recovery. Ind Crops Prod 93:152–160CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  52. Morrow NR (1990) Wettability and its effect on oil recovery. J Pet Technol 42(1):476–471, 484Google Scholar
  53. Munshi A, Singh V, Kumar M, Singh J (2008) Effect of nanoparticle size on sessile droplet contact angle. J Appl Phys 103:084315CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  54. Nghiem LX, Coombe DA, Ali S (1998) Compositional simulation of asphaltene deposition and plugging. In: SPE annual technical conference and exhibition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 48996-MS, 27–30 September 1998. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  55. Nikolov A, Kondiparty K, Wasan D (2010) Nanoparticle self-structuring in a nanofluid film spreading on a solid surface. Langmuir 26:7665–7670CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  56. Papadimitriou N, Romanos G, Charalambopoulou GC, Kainourgiakis M, Katsaros F, Stubos A (2007) Experimental investigation of asphaltene deposition mechanism during oil flow in core samples. J Petrol Sci Eng 57:281–293CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  57. Parvazdavani M, Masihi M, Ghazanfari MH (2014) Monitoring the influence of dispersed nano- particles on oil–water relative permeability hysteresis. J Petrol Sci Eng 124:222–231CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  58. Pina A, Mougin P, Béhar E (2006) Characterisation of asphaltenes and modelling of flocculation–state of the art. Oil Gas Sci Technol-Revue de l’IFP 61:319–343Google Scholar
  59. Rahmani AR, Bryant S, Huh C, Athey A, Ahmadian M, Chen J, Wilt M (2015) Crosswell magnetic sensing of superparamagnetic nanoparticles for subsurface applications. SPE J 20(1):067–061, 082Google Scholar
  60. Ravera F, Santini E, Loglio G, Ferrari M, Liggieri L (2006) Effect of nanoparticles on the interfacial properties of liquid/liquid and liquid/air surface layers. J Phys Chem B 110:19543–19551CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  61. Rellegadla S, Prajapat G, Agrawal A (2017) Polymers for enhanced oil recovery: fundamentals and selection criteria. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 101:4387–4402CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  62. Rellegadla S, Bairwa HK, Kumari MR, Prajapat G, Nimesh S, Pareek N, Jain S, Agrawal A (2018) An effective approach for enhanced oil recovery using nickel nanoparticles assisted polymer flooding. Energy Fuels 32:11212–11221CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  63. Resasco DE, Drexler S, Harwell JH, Shiau BJ, Kadhum MJ, Faria J, Ruiz MP (2015) Method and foam composition for recovering hydrocarbons from a subterranean reservoir. US Patent Application 14/344,241, June 2015Google Scholar
  64. Roustaei A, Bagherzadeh H (2015) Experimental investigation of SiO2 nanoparticles on enhanced oil recovery of carbonate reservoirs. J Pet Explor Prod Technol 5:27–33CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  65. Salem Ragab AM, Hannora AE (2015) A comparative investigation of nano particle effects for improved oil recovery—experimental work. In: SPE Kuwait oil and gas show and conference, Mishref, Kuwait. 175395-MS, 11–14 October 2015. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  66. Schembre JM, Tang G-Q, Kovscek AR (2006) Interrelationship of temperature and wettability on the relative permeability of heavy oil in diatomaceous rocks (includes associated discussion and reply). SPE Reserv Eval Eng 9:239–250CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  67. Schröder L, Lowery TJ, Hilty C, Wemmer DE, Pines A (2006) Molecular imaging using a targeted magnetic resonance hyperpolarized biosensor. Science 314:446–449CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  68. Shah RD (2009) Application of nanoparticle saturated injectant gases for EOR of heavy oils. In: SPE annual technical conference and exhibition, New Orleans, Louisiana. /29539-STU, 4–7 October 2009. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  69. Sharma G, Mohanty K (2013) Wettability alteration in high-temperature and high-salinity carbonate reservoirs. SPE J 18:646–655CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  70. Sheng JJ (2013) Surfactant enhanced oil recovery in carbonate reservoirs. In: Enhanced oil recovery field case studies. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp 281–299Google Scholar
  71. Shokrlu YH, Babadagli T (2011) Transportation and interaction of nano and micro size metal particles injected to improve thermal recovery of heavy-oil. In: SPE annual technical conference and exhibition, Denver, Colorado, USA. 146661-MS, 30 October–2 November 2011. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  72. Silva IG, de Melo MA, Luvizotto JM, Lucas EF (2007) Polymer flooding: a sustainable enhanced oil recovery in the current scenario. In: Latin American & caribbean petroleum engineering conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 107727-MS, 15–18 April 2007. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  73. Skauge T, Spildo K, Skauge A (2010) Nano-sized particles for EOR. In: SPE improved oil recovery symposium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. 129933-MS, 24–28 April 2010. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  74. Solaimany-Nazar AR, Zonnouri A (2011) Modeling of asphaltene deposition in oil reservoirs during primary oil recovery. J Petrol Sci Eng 75:251–259CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  75. Song Y, Marcus C (2007) Hyperpolarized silicon nanoparticles: Reinventing oil exploration. In: International presentation presented at the Schlumberger seminar, Schlumberger, College Station, TX, USAGoogle Scholar
  76. Souayeh M, Al-Maamari RS, Aoudia M, Karimi M, Hadji M (2018) Experimental investigation of wettability alteration of oil-wet carbonates by a non-ionic surfactant. Energy Fuels 32:11222–11233CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  77. Standnes DC, Austad T (2000) Wettability alteration in chalk: 2. Mechanism for wettability alteration from oil-wet to water-wet using surfactants. J Petrol Sci Eng 28:123–143CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  78. Sun X, Zhang Y, Chen G, Gai Z (2017) Application of nanoparticles in enhanced oil recovery: a critical review of recent progress. Energies 10:345CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  79. Tarboush BJA, Husein MM (2012) Adsorption of asphaltenes from heavy oil onto in situ prepared NiO nanoparticles. J Colloid Interface Sci 378:64–69CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  80. Tarek M, El-Banbi AH (2015) Comprehensive investigation of effects of nano-fluid mixtures to enhance oil recovery. In: SPE North Africa technical conference and exhibition, Cairo, Egypt. 175835-MS, 14–16 September 2015. Society of Petroleum EngineersGoogle Scholar
  81. Tian QY, Wang L, Tang Y, Liu C, Ma C (2012) Wang T Research and application of nano polymer microspheres diversion technique of deep fluid. In: SPE international oilfield nanotechnology conference and exhibition. Society of Petroleum Engineers, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. 156999-MS, 12–14 June 2012Google Scholar
  82. Viebahn P, Vallentin D, Höller S (2015) Integrated assessment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in South Africa’s power sector. Energies 8:14380–14406CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  83. Wasan DT, Nikolov AD (2003) Spreading of nanofluids on solids. Nature 423:156CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  84. Wei B, Li Q, Jin F, Li H, Wang C (2016) The potential of a novel nanofluid in enhancing oil recovery. Energy Fuels 30:2882–2891CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  85. Xu G, Zhang J, Song G (2003) Effect of complexation on the zeta potential of silica powder. Powder Technol 134:218–222CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  86. Ying JY, Sun T (1997) Research needs assessment on nanostructured catalysts. J Electroceram 1:219–238CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  87. Zamani A, Maini B, Pereira-Almao P (2012) Flow of nanodispersed catalyst particles through porous media: effect of permeability and temperature. Can J Chem Eng 90:304–314CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  88. Zhang L, Liu Y (2001) Preparation and application technology for ultrafine powder. J North China Inst Technol 22:32–43Google Scholar
  89. Zhang H, Dong M, Zhao S (2010a) Which one is more important in chemical flooding for enhanced court heavy oil recovery, lowering interfacial tension or reducing water mobility? Energy Fuels 24:1829–1836CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  90. Zhang T, Davidson D, Bryant SL, Huh C (2010) Nanoparticle-stabilized emulsions for applications in enhanced oil recovery. In: SPE improved oil recovery symposium. Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. 129885-MS, 24–28 April 2010Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rellegadla Sandeep
    • 1
  • Shikha Jain
    • 2
  • Akhil Agrawal
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Energy and Environment Research Laboratory, Department of Microbiology, School of Life SciencesCentral University of RajasthanAjmerIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryManipal University JaipurJaipurIndia

Personalised recommendations