New concepts of combining electromagnetic heating with horizontal wells

M. Rafiq Islam, Amit Chakma

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A significant portion of billions of barrels of heavy oil reserves cannot be produced with conventional means due to the presence of a bottom-water zone. These reservoirs do not exhibit any natural drives and any displacement-type process leads to early breakthrough of the displacing fluid. Consequently, heavy oils trapped in reservoirs containing bottom-water cannot be produced. Only recently, a new technique has been proposed for the recovery of such heavy oils; this technique involves the use of electromagnetic heating in combination with gravity-stable inert gas injection in horizontal wells. This paper presents a summary of the key features of this process and presents select experimental as well as numerical simulation results.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes
Event13th World Petroleum Congress, WPC 1991 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 20 Oct 199125 Oct 1991


Conference13th World Petroleum Congress, WPC 1991
CityBuenos Aires


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