BrightWaterTM Nanotechnology

Every day, your company is challenged to produce as much of its oil reserves as possible. Unfortunately, even after secondary recovery attempts like waterfloods, most reservoirs still produce only 40 to 60 percent of the original oil in place. TIORCO offers an alternative that promises to maximize your production: BrightWater chemical and application technology. Co-developed by Nalco, BP and Chevron, BrightWater is a sub-micron particulate chemistry that is injected downhole with flood water...

A New Technology for Waterflood Sweep Improvement

BrightWater has been designed to activate at a pre-determined “in-depth” location within the reservoir. Upon activation, the BrightWater particles begin to expand to many times their original volume, blocking pore throats and directing injection water into untapped, oil-rich zones. This deep reservoir profile modification causes additional oil to be swept toward the producing wells.

Over time, production begins to improve. With a simple treatment, you stand to recover up to an additional 5 percent of the original oil in place. This literally translates to millions of dollars in value being added to your asset.

Various grades of BrightWater chemistry have been designed to target injection water thief zones at a range of reservoir temperatures and salinities. The latest generation of BrightWater currently tested for some North Sea fields will expand and set at less than 30°C. At this temperature, the technology promises to not only improve sweep efficiency, but also to minimize the volume of chemical plug required.

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