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Title: Enhanced oil recovery using flash-driven steamflooding

Abstract

The present invention is directed to a novel steamflooding process which utilizes three specific stages of steam injection for enhanced oil recovery. The three stages are as follows: As steam is being injected into an oil-bearing reservoir through an injection well, the production rate of a production well located at a distance from the injection well is gradually restricted to a point that the pressure in the reservoir increases at a predetermined rate to a predetermined maximum value. After the maximum pressure has been reached, the production rate is increased to a value such that the predetermined maximum pressure value is maintained. Production at maximum pressure is continued for a length of time that will be unique for each individual reservoir. In some cases, this step of the steamflooding process of the invention may be omitted entirely. In the third stage of the steamflooding process of the invention, production rates at the producing well are increased gradually to allow the pressure to decrease down from the maximum pressure value to the original pressure value at the producing well. The rate of pressure reduction will be unique for each reservoir. After completing stage three, the three stages can be repeated ormore » the steamflood may be terminated as considered desirable.« less

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Bartlesville, OK)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
IIT Research Institute (Chicago, IL)
OSTI Identifier:
867525
Patent Number(s):
4957164
Assignee:
IIT Research Institute (Chicago, IL) NETL
DOE Contract Number:  
FC22-83FE60149
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
enhanced; oil; recovery; flash-driven; steamflooding; directed; novel; process; utilizes; specific; stages; steam; injection; follows; injected; oil-bearing; reservoir; production; rate; located; distance; gradually; restricted; pressure; increases; predetermined; maximum; value; reached; increased; maintained; continued; length; time; unique; individual; step; omitted; entirely; third; stage; rates; producing; allow; decrease; original; reduction; completing; repeated; steamflood; terminated; considered; desirable; steam injection; production rate; pressure reduction; third stage; oil recovery; enhanced oil; maximum pressure; predetermined rate; pressure value; maximum value; production rates; /166/

Citation Formats

Roark, Steven D. Enhanced oil recovery using flash-driven steamflooding. United States: N. p., 1990. Web.
Roark, Steven D. Enhanced oil recovery using flash-driven steamflooding. United States.
Roark, Steven D. Mon . "Enhanced oil recovery using flash-driven steamflooding". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/867525.
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abstractNote = {The present invention is directed to a novel steamflooding process which utilizes three specific stages of steam injection for enhanced oil recovery. The three stages are as follows: As steam is being injected into an oil-bearing reservoir through an injection well, the production rate of a production well located at a distance from the injection well is gradually restricted to a point that the pressure in the reservoir increases at a predetermined rate to a predetermined maximum value. After the maximum pressure has been reached, the production rate is increased to a value such that the predetermined maximum pressure value is maintained. Production at maximum pressure is continued for a length of time that will be unique for each individual reservoir. In some cases, this step of the steamflooding process of the invention may be omitted entirely. In the third stage of the steamflooding process of the invention, production rates at the producing well are increased gradually to allow the pressure to decrease down from the maximum pressure value to the original pressure value at the producing well. The rate of pressure reduction will be unique for each reservoir. After completing stage three, the three stages can be repeated or the steamflood may be terminated as considered desirable.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1990},
month = {1}
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