Colloidal-Dispersion Gel in a Heterogeneous Reservoir in Argentina

Topics: Enhanced recovery
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The Loma Alta Sur (LAS) field is a multilayer fluvial sandstone reservoir in the Neuquén basin of Argentina. Reservoir heterogeneities and an adverse mobility ratio (30-cp oil) led to an early water breakthrough soon after water injection started. Colloidal-dispersion-gel (CDG) injection was considered a viable strategy to improve oil recovery in the field.

LAS-58 CDG Pilot Summary

The CDG pilot was implemented in the LAS-58 injector located on the northeastern side of the field. LAS-58 is an irregular pattern that began water injection in 2002, showing an early water breakthrough. The operator estimates that after 3 years of water injection in the LAS-58 pattern, cumulative secondary oil recovery is only 5.48% of original oil in place (OOIP). The LAS-58 pattern includes 10 producers: six first-line producers with well spacing ranging from 138 to 164 m and four second-line producers.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 174704, “CDG in a Heterogeneous Fluvial Reservoir in Argentina: Pilot and Field-Expansion Evaluation,” by D. Diaz and N. Saez, YPF; M. Cabrera, InLab; E. Manrique, Consultant; and J. Romero, M. Kazempour, and N. Aye, Tiorco, prepared for the 2015 SPE Enhanced Oil Recovery Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 11–13 August. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Colloidal-Dispersion Gel in a Heterogeneous Reservoir in Argentina

01 June 2016

Volume: 68 | Issue: 6