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Foam-EOR Pilot: Mature Volatile-Oil Reservoir Under Miscible-Gas Injection

A successful field trial in which foam was used as a gas-injection conformance enhancer was implemented in the Cusiana field in Colombia. An extensive front-end loading (FEL), including chemical-product screening, studying foam stability at reservoir conditions, coreflood experiments, reservoir modeling, and careful selection of well candidates, was executed for this pilot. The treatment was performed in a gas-injection well in the northern part of the field that had already attained a high recovery factor (RF) with high levels of gas recycling. The operation was performed by use of a surfactant-alternating-gas (SAG) method.

Introduction

The Cusiana field is in the foothills of the Eastern Mountain chain in Colombia, and initial production was in 1994. The field comprises three stacked reservoirs (Mirador, Barco, and Guadalupe) and two fluid systems (both volatile oils) with a rich-gas cap at near-critical conditions (pressures and temperatures greater than 5,000 psia and 250°F, respectively). The initial in-place volumes were 1.5 billion STB of oil and more than 3 Tcf of gas, with the Mirador formation containing approximately 60% of the total fluid. Development strategies have included natural depletion, gas recycling, water injection, and gas-injection redistribution. Gas recycling and redistribution provided the best recoveries.

This article, written by Senior Technology Editor Dennis Denney, contains highlights of paper IPTC 16984, “Successful Foam-EOR Pilot in a Mature Volatile-Oil Reservoir Under Miscible-Gas Injection,” by A. Ocampo, A. Restrepo, SPE, H. Cifuentes, SPE, J. Hester, N. Orozco, C. Gil, and E. Castro, Equion Energia, and S. Lopera and C. Gonzalez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, prepared for the 2013 International Petroleum Technology Conference, Beijing, 26–28 March. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2013 International Petroleum Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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Foam-EOR Pilot: Mature Volatile-Oil Reservoir Under Miscible-Gas Injection

01 June 2013

Volume: 65 | Issue: 6

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