In this paper, techniques have been developed to experimentally evaluate performance of CO2 injection in heavy oil reservoirs for pressure maintenance purpose. More specifically, a three-dimensional (3D) physical model consisting of five vertical wells and three horizontal wells is used to examine effect of well configurations on pressure maintenance and oil recovery with CO2 injection in heavy oil reservoirs. The initial oil saturation, oil production rate, water cut, gas-oil ratio, ultimate oil recovery, and distribution of residual oil saturation are examined under various well configurations, which can be optimized to maximize heavy oil recovery when CO2 injection is employed for pressure maintenance purpose. The well configuration with a horizontal producer plus four vertical injectors is found to achieve a better performance than the conventional five-spot well configuration, while the oil recovery is experimentally determined to be 15.7% of OOIP during CO2 injection process.

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