14-17 May 2018
New Orleans
US/Central timezone

Delaying Steam Breakthrough in a Fractured Heavy Oil Reservoir - Strategies and Outcomes

17 May 2018, 12:05
New Orleans

New Orleans

Poster + 3 Minute Pitch MS 4.19: Rock/fluid Interactions and Their Impact on Flow and Transport in Geologic Media Parallel 10-H


Mr German Abzaletdinov (Research Assistant)


It is well known that naturally fractured reservoirs very often represent the behavior of dual porosity systems, however, it is also similarly known that simulating flow and transport of oil and gas through dual porosity systems is computationally expensive, especially if simulating enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes. Most of the simulation work that is thus done for full field and/or sector models use the single porosity approach for computational efficiency. In this study, the objective is to test both single as well as dual porosity models at the full-field scale for history matching and development strategies of a naturally fractured heavy oil reservoir in Russia. Because of computational expenses, high performance computing (super computers) is employed to assess the extent of modelling capabilities that can be replicated today with currently existing computational technologies for thermal EOR processes like SAGD and thermogel injection amongst others.

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Primary authors

Mr German Abzaletdinov (Research Assistant) Ipsita Gupta (Louisiana State University) Dr Sergey Durkin (Ukhta State Technical University)

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