Partitioning interwell tracer tests (PITTs) have been used to estimate remaining oil saturations during waterflooding. Compared to core tests, well logs and single well tracer tests, PITTs sample a much larger representative elemental volume (REV) and provide interwell estimates of remaining oil saturation. The test has historically been used to estimate residual oil saturation (Sorw) after waterflooding between injector-producer pairs when the oil is essentially immobile. During polymer flooding, especially with viscous oil, additional oil is displaced and traditional means of interpreting PITTs are not valid. In this paper we present the information gained from conducting a polymer PITT and the saturation estimated during the PITT. This paper presents mechanistic insights into tracer and polymer velocities during the PITT and hence allows for an estimate of remaining oil saturation left behind after polymer flooding and also presents a new log-normal fit which can be used to match multiple flow path responses as is seen in actual field tracer data and reduce the error in estimates of remaining oil saturation. The polymer PITT therefore allows characterization of polymer flood efficiency and is a useful tool in polymer flood evaluations in heterogeneous reservoirs.

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