412332 Experimental Investigation of Oil Recovery By Hot Water Flooding and Steam Injection Using Heavy Oil Samples from the Lower Fares Reservoir, -Kuwait

Monday, November 9, 2015
Exhibit Hall 1 (Salt Palace Convention Center)
Adel Elsharkawy1, Yousef Hashem2 and Hothama Alwaqyan2, (1)Petroleum Engineering, Kuwait University, Kuwait, Kuwait, (2)Petroleum Engineering, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait


In this study, hot water and steam flooding tests were conducted on four unconsolidated sandstone core samples from Lower Fares. The hot water flooding tests were conducted at 60 and 80°C followed by steam injection at 153°C. Both horizontal and vertical core flooding displacement tests were conducted.

The main objective of this work was to study the efficiency of heavy oil recovery from the Lower Fares reservoir by hot water injections at various temperatures followed by steam injection. The results of these experiments can be used to determine the optimum recovery method for heavy oil. The results indicated an average cumulative oil recovery of 26.5% at 60°C and 44.7% at 80°C and that was ultimately increased to 68% by horizontal steam displacement and 77.5% by vertical steam displacement, respectively.

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