Enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) methods have been increasingly positioned into the mainstream of project planning these past years as conventional, highly productive, and large reservoirs have become more difficult to find. As a result, in recent years, various innovative EOR techniques seeking to maximize total reservoir recovery have gained renewed interest and attention. However, despite the wealth of knowledge already available and heavy investments made from a number of operators, it is certain that the potential of EOR solutions has not been fully realized.
One key area that can boost EOR projects’ results and challenge the professionals involved is the pursuit of EOR operational excellence. Although it can be seen as a trivial target, it is in fact a quite complex goal. Besides experienced management, it involves a well-prepared multidisciplinary team in the planning phase, definition, controlling of the contracts, and the safe and precise execution and monitoring of the operation. Integration is key to the implementation of efficient and safe operations with minimization of operational costs. Like a winning World Cup football team, victory will depend as much on a good coach as on well-prepared and integrated players. They have different roles to play during the game, but they all target the same goal.
During the past year and the first quarter of 2014, SPE hosted several events focusing on EOR operations and more than 400 papers have been presented. The topic explored in several of them relates the urgency of achieving EOR operational excellence. The papers selected for this month’s feature also validate and confirm the worldwide focus on improving hydrocarbon recovery through efficient and safe EOR operations. I hope you will enjoy reading these paper highlights and will search for additional interesting contributions that are available at the OnePetro online library.
This Month's Technical Papers
Recommended Additional Reading
SPE 165388 Control of Reservoir Heterogeneity in SAGD Bitumen Processes by Terry W. Stone, Schlumberger, et al.
SPE 165240 Optimization of Gas Utilization To Improve Recovery at Hibernia by John J. Lawrence, ExxonMobil, et al.
SPE 165215 Enhanced Heavy-Oil Recovery by In-Situ Carbon Dioxide Generation and Application in China Offshore Oil Field by Xiaofei Jia, CNOOC, et al.
SPE 167347 Use of Electric Downhole Heaters To Improve Production and Recovery of Heavy, Viscous Oil in California and Venezuela by Samuel S. Ojeda, Pentair Thermal Management, et al.
|Luciane Bonet-Cunha, SPE, is reservoir engineering manager for Petrobras America in Houston. She has 29 years of experience in applied research and development related to reservoir engineering in exploration and exploitation projects in Brazil, Canada, and the US Gulf of Mexico. A former associate professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada, Bonet-Cunha has served on several SPE committees. Her employment history also includes 16 years with Petrobras, Brazil. Bonet-Cunha holds a PhD degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Tulsa and currently serves as an editor for SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, and serves on the SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Advisory Committee and on the JPT Editorial Committee.|
Luciane Bonet-Cunha, SPE, Reservoir Engineering Manager, Petrobras America
01 June 2014
New Steamflooding Techniques Pay Off in Mukhaizna Field
This paper covers the staged field-development methodology, including analysis and evaluation of various development concepts, that enabled the company to optimize both completion design and artificial-lift selection, reducing downtime and lowering operating costs by nearly 50%.
Phased Pilot Approach Reduces Uncertainty in Carbonate Steamflood Development
The First Eocene is a multibillion-barrel heavy-oil carbonate reservoir in the Wafra field, located in the Partitioned Zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. After more than 60 years of primary production, expected recovery is low and provides a good target for enhanced-oil-recovery processes.
Viability of Gas-Injection EOR in Eagle Ford Shale Reservoirs
This paper studies the technical and economic viability of this EOR technique in Eagle Ford shale reservoirs using natural gas injection, generally after some period of primary depletion, typically through long, hydraulically fractured horizontal-reach wells.
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