“A New Twist on an Old EOR Technique” from Petroleum Economist, March 2011
“The IEA expects enhanced oil-recovery to be applied to 20% of production by 2030.”
“WITH CRUDE prices climbing, producers have a strong incentive to get every barrel out of the ground and into the marketplace. But primary oil-recovery techniques, which rely on natural underground pressures to push hydrocarbons into the wellbore and up to the surface, have limited effectiveness. Eventually reservoir pressure diminishes and the flow stops, leaving 60-70% of the original oil in place.
For decades, operators have boosted production from ageing [sic] oilfields by flooding them with huge volumes of water, which repressurizes the formation and sweeps out up to 20% more oil. But even with this secondary-recovery method, significant volumes of oil remain trapped in the reservoir. Enhanced oil-recovery (EOR) techniques go further, by combining additives with the water or injecting steam or gases into the reservoir to boost production.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), about 300 [billion] barrels of oil could be unlocked using EOR methods.”
While the cost of oil and the refined products have drastically increased, as shown in the article above, there is no oil shortage in the world. Instead, the issue is the ability to recover the trapped oil and refine it to meet new global limits in a cost effective and environmentally friendly way.
Present technology for recovering hydrocarbons, or “oil”, in the ground or on the surface, such as oil sands, has created significant concerns for the environment. Jeanblanc International Inc. or JBI has revolutionary new technologies that are just now entering the market. These technologies do not impact the surrounding formations in a negative way, nor do they waste precious natural resources, such as water. In addition, JBI technologies do not release CO2 pollution into the atmosphere, nor create polluted water because we do not use steam, as in the industry standard, SAGD.
JBI’s Family of Liquid Catalysts – (“LC sm”)
JBI’s new Family of Catalysts (LCsm) is a proprietary process that utilizes new molecular science to apply certain catalysts to a special chemical formulation, resulting in the creation a liquid with unique properties. The formula and new molecular treatment combine to create molecular bonds with hydrocarbons that are many times stronger than other molecular bonds, and more than one hundred-fold the strength of mere surface tension holding most oil in down-hole rock formations. LCsm’s bonds with the hydrocarbon and prevents it from reattaching to any other surface, yet it can be reversed with relative ease. LCsm not only reclaims more hydrocarbons in an environmentally friendly way, it can be recaptured for reuse over and over without losing its properties and with minimal, if any, loss.
LCsm is a new technology for the recovery of hydrocarbons and has several applications, including: enhancing down-hole oil recovery, especially with heavy bitumen, oils and oil sands; decontaminating soils and waters; water separation; heavy oil transportation; and tank cleaning.
- can be specifically formulated to achieve maximum effectiveness of each project, such as adjusting for down-hole temperature to allow the vapors to penetrate into the pores and crevices, and adjusting its weight for separation of water.
- does not alter the surrounding formation, but rather works directly with the hydrocarbon, leaving no contamination in the soils or waters.
- is not released into the atmosphere.
- does not create pollutions such as CO2 nor water pollutions or oil ponds.
- can be introduced to the hydrocarbon in either liquid or vapor state.
- can be recycled from a liquid to vapor state countless times.
- encapsulates the hydrocarbon, causing it to separate from other surfaces, including water, rock crevices, and oil sands, without being invasive.
- temporarily changes the hydrocarbon’s viscosity to that of diesel for easy movement.
- will not allow the hydrocarbon to reattach to any other surface until it reaches the set point and the bond is released.
- can be recaptured for reuse, while returning the hydrocarbon to its original state.
- does not require fracking and can be introduced down-hole similar to a water flood process by starting with LCsm and pushing it through the formation with water.
- does not use steam, resulting in no environmental pollution.
- eliminates the need for oil to be burned to create steam (SAGD uses 1 out of 3 barrels of oil to create steam and also leavers polluted water ponds.)
- can use production water to push it through the formation, resulting in the use of minimal amounts of LCsm.
- is heavier than water and prevents emulsions.
- easily releases its bond with the hydrocarbon with a minimal temperature increase, allowing it to retain its unique molecular properties and be recaptured for reuse while leaving the oil in its original state.
- should be considered a capital asset due to its ability to be reused.
LCsm or PELsm is introduced in liquid form and uses production water to push it through the formation so minimal PELsm is needed. It is specifically formulated so it vaporizes using down-hole heat in the formation to reach into the rock crevices and pores. PELsm-encapsulated oil only clings to itself so it literally releases from the formation and does not reattach as the water pushes it to the production well. This temporary bond is only released at a set point with minimal temperature once the PELsm and oil are pumped to the surface. The PELsm is recaptured for repeated reuse and the oil is returned to its original state.
Oil Sands and contaminated soils
By gravity alone or by a wash process, LCsm liquid can quickly remove the hydrocarbon, even heavy tar or bitumen, from tar sands or soils down to low parts per million (ppm). It is then recaptured for reuse, leaving only the bitumen and the sands. Tests show that the sand is cleaned to almost non-detectable levels of hydrocarbon, leaving it as clean, if not cleaner, than typical beach sands.