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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Production Optimization Using an In-Situ Steam Generator in a Rejuvenated Heavy Oil Field
by Bujarbarua, Vikram, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015, 87; 10003753
Abstract (Summary)

Steam stimulation is by far the most widely used tertiary oil recovery method. Heavy oil finds its most effective way of production in thermal recovery method. Also with technical effectiveness, steam stimulation brings in cost effectiveness. In-situ steam generation and injection is the most important enhancement to the conventional thermal steam injection technique. Blackbird™ Energy LLC, has developed and a new generation in-situ steam generator with a view to make an almost unproductive heavy oil reservoir in North East Texas to start producing.

In this research, a reservoir simulation study has been performed to history match of pure depletion as well as three months of thermal stimulation done on the reservoir. To mimic the reservoir conditions, Schlumberger Eclipse 300 compositional Simulator has been used. Overall this research performs an evaluation of the newly developed in-situ steam generator capabilities.

The various predictive runs have been made with changing key performance parameters such as location of steam generator and time of application of thermal energy. There has been reported a considerable increase in production of the heavy oil. As a result, in-situ steam injection has been proved to be an effective and environment friendly recovery technique and should be widely considered for replacing conventional steam generators.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boukadi, Fathi
Commitee: Hayatdavoudi, Asadollah, Seibi, Abdennour
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Petroleum Engineering
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Engineering, Petroleum engineering
Keywords: Enhanced oil recovery, Heavy oil, In situ steam generator, Reservoir engineering, Reservoir simulation
Publication Number: 10003753
ISBN: 978-1-339-42863-5
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