Water-Management Experience in a Mature Basin in South Argentina

Fig. 1—Typical water-production and -distribution scheme for the GSJB.

During oil production in mature fields, the implementation of waterflooding projects plays an important role in increasing oil production and the recovery factor of the reservoirs, and this is the case in the Golfo San Jorge Basin (GSJB) in Patagonia, Argentina. As part of a comprehensive water-management strategy, this paper describes different process and operational considerations that are the result of 109 years of production in Argentina’s oldest basin.

Water Production and Management in GSJB

The production history of the GSJB has included water production from the beginning, although, in recent years, the volumes have been increasing. The objective of water management has been to maximize the value of the assets by increasing oil production and the reserves recovery factor, reducing the production cost, and limiting or canceling environmental effects.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 184931, “Water-Management Experience in Mature Basin in South Argentina,” by Clemente Marcelo Hirschfeldt, SPE, and Fernando Diego Bertomeu, SPE, Oil Production Consulting, prepared for the 2017 SPE Latin America and Caribbean Mature Fields Symposium, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 15–16 March. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Water-Management Experience in a Mature Basin in South Argentina

01 December 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 12


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