Abstract

An in-situ combustion (ISC) pilot project was operated in the Quifa heavy oil reservoir in Colombia from Nov 2011 to July 2014. A modified inverted-nine spot pattern was used. As part of the project all wells were instrumented with pressure and temperature devices.

Parameters such as bottom hole temperature and pressure, gas composition (N2, CO2, CO, O2, SO4, H2S and hydrocarbons), water composition (minerals, pH), oil gravity and gas, oil and water production rates were measured and analyzed daily in order to control the combustion process resulting in improving the volumetric sweep efficiency and oil recovery factor. The continuing monitoring of these variables helped redirecting the combustion front, optimizing air injection and increasing production.

This paper introduces the STAR™ (Synchronized Thermal Additional Recovery) technology, based on ISC concepts, which aim increase the recovery factor and creating value in ISC in a heavy oil reservoir. STAR™ is based on the Synchronization Integrated Model (SIM), a suite of software applications which help to generate the main combustion-related parameters such as H/C ratio, oxygen utilization, air-oil ratio (AOR), air requirement, etc.; evaluate the process performance and identify the position of the combustion and fluids fronts in real time.

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