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Nanotechnology for EOR

Nanotechnology has a potential for applications within a wide range of EOR related techniques. It may be used for enabling new or improving existing EOR methods. Solutions of nano sized particles may also introduce new properties of the fluid which may improve the oil recovery when such fluids are injected into the reservoir. Currently SINTEF is working on a method where nano particles carrying active substances will be injected into the reservoir. The active material will be released at a location where it can result in mobilization of oil. In addition the retention loss of active material in the formation may be reduced by this transport process.

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