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Title: Application of reservoir characterization and advanced technology to improve recovery and economics in a lower quality shallow shelf San Andres reservoir. Quarterly progress report, October 1--December 31, 1997

West Welch Unit is one of four large waterflood units in the Welch Field in the northwestern portion of Dawson County, Texas. The Welch Field produces oil under a solution gas drive mechanism from the San Andres formation at approximately 4,800 ft. The field has been under waterflood for 30 years and a significant portion has been infill-drilled on 20-ac density. A 1982--86 pilot CO{sub 2} injection project in the offsetting South Welch Unit yielded positive results. Recent installation of a CO{sub 2} pipeline near the field allowed the phased development of a miscible CO{sub 2} injection project at the South Welch Unit. The Class 2 Project at West Welch was designed to demonstrate the use of advanced technologies to enhance the economics of improved oil recovery (IOR) projects in lower quality Shallow Shelf Carbonate (SSC) reservoirs, resulting in recovery of additional oil that would otherwise be left in the reservoir at project abandonment. Accurate reservoir description is critical to the effective evaluation and efficient design of IOR projects in the heterogeneous SSC reservoirs. Therefore, the majority of Budget Period 1 was devoted to reservoir characterization. Technologies being demonstrated include: advanced petrophysics; three-dimensional seismic; cross-well bore tomography; advanced reservoir simulation;more » CO{sub 2} stimulation treatments; hydraulic fracturing design and monitoring; and mobility control agents. During the quarter, development of the project`s south expansion area was undertaken, work was continued on interpreting the crosswell seismic data and CO{sub 2} injection into 11 wells was initiated.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
661335
Report Number(s):
DOE/BC/14990--19
ON: DE98003868; TRN: AHC29814%%6
DOE Contract Number:
FC22-94BC14990
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 31 Jan 1998
Research Org:
Oxy USA Inc., Midland, TX (United States);T. Scott Hickman and Associates, Midland, TX (United States);Advanced Reservoir Technologies, Addison, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; PROGRESS REPORT; OIL FIELDS; CARBON DIOXIDE INJECTION; ENHANCED RECOVERY; PETROLEUM; RESERVOIR ENGINEERING; SITE CHARACTERIZATION