Document Type: Regular Article
Chemical Engineering Department, School of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, Shiraz University
The minimum miscibility pressure (MMP) is one of the crucial and substantial parameters in the gas injection projects for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). This parameter indicates the minimum pressure at constant temperature and composition conditions for reaching 100 percent of the oil production recovery which leads to a huge economic income. Therefore, an inaccurate prediction of the MMP may lead to increase the costs of oil production. Among the various methods for prediction of the MMP: slim-tube experiment, slim-tube simulation techniques and their simplified cell-to-cell could be considered as the most accurate methods. Although the experimental methods for calculation the MMP take into account the real crude oil, but they are always expensive; therefore, thermodynamic simulation is a better way for the estimation of this parameter. Indeed, the analytical methods are fast and some of them like multiple mixing-cell method used in this study lead to the reliable results and often show good agreements with the experimental methods. A combination of multiple mixing-cell model proposed by Ahmadi and Johns and pressure-temperature (P-T) flash calculations including the PC-SAFT equation of state (EoS), and the cubic equations of state of Peng-Robinson (PR) and Esmaeilzadeh-Roshanfekr (ER) were used in this work for the prediction of MMP. The results overally prove that the PC-SAFT EoS leads to more accurate results in comparison with the ER and PR equations of state.