In this work we present the results obtained from a coreflood experiment with polymer injection in secondary mode for extra heavy oil at 5500 cP viscosity. The work was carried out on a 30 cm length reconstituted core composed from cleaned reservoir sand. The core was packed using an in-house developed method, and then saturated with live oil partially degassed in PVT cell from initial reservoir conditions down to expected pressure at start of a field test (Pres). Saturation profiles were accurately measured by means of X-Ray scans on the core, enabling the visualization of flow instability development (viscous fingering). Effluents were collected in carbon cells under reservoir conditions with X-Ray production level measurements. The effluents were then flashed to atmospheric conditions, collected in test tubes and re-measured by X-Ray and UV measurements. The polymer flood carried out in secondary mode showed excellent results with a recovery of around 60% after 1.8 PV of polymer injected at 1 cc/h, even though viscosity ratio was highly unfavourable. The estimated apparent viscosity of the polymer was 60 cP at 7 s-1, corresponding to the frontal advancement rate achieved during the coreflood. This recovery is in the same order as that obtained in tertiary mode after water flood in outcrop cores ([9], [12]).


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