Simulation Study for Potential Identification of Light Oil Air Injection in Malaysian Reservoirs

Zeeshan , Mohiuddin and Mohd. Saaid, Ismail and D.M , Anwar Raja and Nor Aidil, Anua (2006) Simulation Study for Potential Identification of Light Oil Air Injection in Malaysian Reservoirs. [Citation Index Journal]

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Malaysian forecast of oil production is expected to decline from 2007 and projections of domestic
consumption indicate that the country might become a net oil importer by the end of this decade.
Nevertheless, some of the existing reservoirs still contain large volumes of oil, which has not been effectively
recovered. Therefore, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) techniques are inevitably required to recover the
remaining oil from these matured reservoirs. This paper highlights the simulation work carried out to identify
the potential of Light Oil Air Injection (LOAI) to recover the remaining oil from Malaysian depleting oil
reservoirs. The research work involves simulations of suitable oil reservoir(s) to evaluate the future
performance of LOAI. The project starts with the screening of 22 Malaysian oil reservoirs using a set of
criteria, which had been developed after evaluating successful LOAI projects around the world and consulting
industry experts. In principle, the screening criteria entailed major reservoir properties such as the reservoir
temperature, reservoir pressure, oil viscosity, formation depth and reservoir permeability. E12/13 and 14
reservoirs of Dulang field were selected based on the screening criteria for the LOAI simulation project. The
simulation work used black oil simulations to eliminate complex thermal reaction scheme. Furthermore, the
simulation work evaluates nitrogen effects in place of air to simplify the complex reaction mechanisms of the
combustion process in the reservoir. The present simulation studies used history matched model of year 2003
which was upgraded for nitrogen injection from year 2006. Incremental recovery obtained from nitrogen
injection was then compared with water injection (WI) and water alternating gas (WAG) base cases. The
simulation results indicated that the LOAI significantly increased the oil recovery factor from the Dulang
E12/13 and 14 light-oil reservoirs

Item Type: Citation Index Journal
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Depositing User: Dr Ismail Mohd Saaid
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2011 13:37
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2017 01:57

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