The Effect of Osmotic Pressure on Improve Oil Recovery from Fractured Shale Formations

Abstract

Shale swelling during drilling is attributed to osmotic pressure, where low-salinity water enters the shale pores to cause swelling. Low-salinity water injected into high-salinity Bakken formation could similarly enter the matrix pores to displace oil by counter-current flow observed in core experiments. As a result, we believe, low-salinity water can… (More)

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