Novel eco-friendly linear gel for oil well recovery through efficient hydrofracturing

  • R. V. V. Ramana Murthy Division of Chemistry, Department of Sciences and Humanities, Vignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology and Research University (Vignan’s University), Vadlamudi 522 213 Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India (IN)
  • K. S. R. Murthy Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Energy Acres, Bidholi Campus, Premnagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248007, India (IN)
  • Murthy Chavali Department of Chemistry, Dharma Appa Rao College (DARC), Nuzvid 521 201 Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India (IN)
Keywords: Bio-diesel, linear gel, slickwater, hydrofracturing, guar polymer, gel, breaker

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The linear gel is prepared by treating bio-diesel with various water samples collected from different water bodies. The new biodiesel based linear gel was employed in the recovery of oil wells through hydrofracturing and pilot tests were conducted for the first time. The viscosity of gel was measured at various bottom hole-circulating temperatures and it was found to vary from 32 to zero dial reading in the range of 45ºC to 60ºC. The gel was observed to break at 45ºC and 60ºC in 120 min. So the final temperature was selected as 60ºC for the application of gel for coal bed methane (CBM) wells. It was observed that higher levels of salinity in water helped in optimum utilization of gel in real-time application.


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How to Cite
R. V. V. R. Murthy, K. S. R. Murthy, and M. Chavali, “Novel eco-friendly linear gel for oil well recovery through efficient hydrofracturing”, J. Appl. Sci. Eng. Technol. Educ., vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 203-210, Oct. 2020.