Enhanced Oil Recovery and In-Situ Upgrading of Heavy Oil Using Nano-Catalysts

Moein Elahi


In this work, the uniform mixing of H2 & VR within one meter of injection was confirmed by CFD simulations for in-situ upgrading of heavy oil. It also shows that Ni-Mo nano-catalysts can efficiently deposit inside the carbonate rock matrix. Kinetic parameters of mild hydrotreating reactions through a porous medium are obtained with a high accuracy. VR conversions up to 35% were obtained with stable products. Quality of the products is improved by increasing the VR conversion (API↑, Viscosity↓, Sulfur↓, MCR↓)