American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Study of the Parameters of Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Method for Enhanced Oil Recovery in a Heavy Oil Fractured Carbonate Reservoir

Arzhang Nabilou

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.647.658

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 9, Issue 3

Pages 647-658

Abstract

By increasing in the use of nonrenewable energy and decreasing in discovering hydrocarbonic reservoirs, in near future the world will encounter with a new challenge in the field of energy, so increase in recovery factor of the existing oil reservoirs is necessary after the primary production. In one hand the existence of untouched heavy oil reservoirs in Iran and lack of producing from them and maturity of light oil reservoirs to 2nd and 3rd stage of their production age in other hand make the development and production of these heavy oil reservoirs necessary in Iran. The goal of this study is to survey common methods of producing oil reservoirs and appliance in heavy oil reservoirs of Iran especially in Kuh-e-Mond. For choosing the best EOR method we should consider factors such as the reservoir fluid and rock characteristics, availability of injection material, available equipments and other items. One way to choose an optimized method is the comparison of reservoirs’ parameters in successful EOR projects with the considered reservoir. However, it should be consider that each reservoir has its especial characteristics and we can not give certain idea about it. Thermal methods have the most useage in the recovery of the world’s heavy oil and between these methods; steam injection with the most amount of oil production has terrific importance. The gained results show that the best way for recovery heavy oil of Sarvak reservoir of Kuh-e-Mond is thermal way and especially steam injection Steam modeling by activating gravity drainage drive process by using steam injection (SAGD) which is designed in a reservoir model in Sarvak reservoir of Kuh-e-Mond has been successful.

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