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Title: Measuring resistivity changes from within a first cased well to monitor fluids injected into oil bearing geological formations from a second cased well while passing electrical current between the two cased wells

Abstract

A.C. current is conducted through geological formations separating two cased wells in an oil field undergoing enhanced oil recovery operations such as water flooding operations. Methods and apparatus are disclosed to measure the current leakage conducted into a geological formation from within a first cased well that is responsive to fluids injected into formation from a second cased well during the enhanced oil production activities. The current leakage and apparent resistivity measured within the first cased well are responsive to fluids injected into formation from the second cased well provided the distance of separation between the two cased wells is less than, or on the order of, a Characteristic Length appropriate for the problem.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Bothell, WA)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
ParaMagnetic Logging, Inc. (Bothell, WA)
OSTI Identifier:
868665
Patent Number(s):
5187440
Assignee:
Para Magnetic Logging, Inc. (Woodinville, WA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02A - TECHNOLOGIES FOR ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01V - GEOPHYSICS
DOE Contract Number:  
FG06-84ER13294
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
measuring; resistivity; changes; cased; monitor; fluids; injected; oil; bearing; geological; formations; passing; electrical; current; conducted; separating; field; undergoing; enhanced; recovery; operations; water; flooding; methods; apparatus; disclosed; measure; leakage; formation; responsive; production; activities; apparent; measured; provided; distance; separation; characteristic; length; appropriate; oil field; oil bearing; geological formations; oil recovery; electrical current; enhanced oil; geological formation; recovery operations; oil product; oil production; current leakage; resistivity changes; resistivity change; measuring resistivity; water flood; /324/

Citation Formats

Vail, III, William B. Measuring resistivity changes from within a first cased well to monitor fluids injected into oil bearing geological formations from a second cased well while passing electrical current between the two cased wells. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Vail, III, William B. Measuring resistivity changes from within a first cased well to monitor fluids injected into oil bearing geological formations from a second cased well while passing electrical current between the two cased wells. United States.
Vail, III, William B. Fri . "Measuring resistivity changes from within a first cased well to monitor fluids injected into oil bearing geological formations from a second cased well while passing electrical current between the two cased wells". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/868665.
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title = {Measuring resistivity changes from within a first cased well to monitor fluids injected into oil bearing geological formations from a second cased well while passing electrical current between the two cased wells},
author = {Vail, III, William B.},
abstractNote = {A.C. current is conducted through geological formations separating two cased wells in an oil field undergoing enhanced oil recovery operations such as water flooding operations. Methods and apparatus are disclosed to measure the current leakage conducted into a geological formation from within a first cased well that is responsive to fluids injected into formation from a second cased well during the enhanced oil production activities. The current leakage and apparent resistivity measured within the first cased well are responsive to fluids injected into formation from the second cased well provided the distance of separation between the two cased wells is less than, or on the order of, a Characteristic Length appropriate for the problem.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1993},
month = {1}
}

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Using Resistivity Measurements To Determine Distance Between Wells
journal, June 1972