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Simulation studies on optimizing oil productivity in oil rim reservoirs under gas cap blow down production strategy

Olabode, O.A. and Adewunmi, Pelumi and Uzodinma, Odera and Famurewa, Gideon and Ogba, Princess and Amah, Chukwuemeka (2023) Simulation studies on optimizing oil productivity in oil rim reservoirs under gas cap blow down production strategy. Petroleum. pp. 373-389.

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Gas cap blow down strategy is normally deployed for Ultra-thin oil rim reservoirs with huge gas caps due to extremely high gas oil ratios from wells in such reservoirs. The current state leads to loss of production from the oil reserves due to high initial reservoir pressure thus, reducing its net present value. Data on important factors essential to the productivity of oil rim reservoirs are used to build a heterogeneous ultra-thin reservoir with a time step of 10,000 days using the Eclipse software and its embedded correlations. The reservoir is subjected to a gas cap blowdown via a gas well, then an oil well is initiated into the model at onset and after time periods of 2000 days, 4000 days, 6000 days and 8000 days to estimate the oil recovery. It is expected that due to the large nature of the gas cap, pressure decline will be drastic and leading to a low oil recovery, hence the injection of water and gas at different rates at the periods indicated. The results indicate an oil recovery of 4.3% during gas cap blow down and 10.34% at 6000 days. Peak oil recoveries of 12.64% and 10.80% are estimated under 30,000 Mscf/day at 4000 days and 1000 stb/day at 6000 days respectively. This shows an incremental oil recovery of 8.34% and 6.5% over that recorded during gas cap blow down. The results also indicate that the gas production at those periods was not greatly affected with an estimated increment of 257 Bscf recorded during 30,000 Mscf/day at 4000 days. All secondary injection schemes at the respective time steps had positive impact on the overall oil recoveries. It is recommended that extra production and injection wells be drilled, enhanced oil recovery options and injection patterns be considered to further increase oil recovery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oil rim Gas cap blow down Water and gas injection Oil recovery factor
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2023 09:11
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2023 09:11

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