All heavy oil reservoirs in TaoBao oil field are shallowly buried, thin, and multilayered in which natural production and cold production technologies have been implemented in past seven years, and obvious increase in oil production was achieved by cold production(up to 9 times than natural production method). However, due to the low reservoir pressure, heterogeneity, and limited formation thickness, the oil production has rapidly decreased, and more than half of the wells have been shut off now. At present, more than 94% oil remained in place is difficult to exploit, and different recovery methods are being invest-tigated, as a result, only in-situ combustion is more potential and seems feasible to enhance oil recovery for such reservoir.

To investigate the feasibility of in-situ combustion, reactor experiment and combustion tube experiment have been carried out at first, the result shows that the optimal fire temperature is above 400°C, and the ultimate oil recovery is more than 80%. Additionally, air injection rate, combustion front velocity and other parameters have been measured or calculated. At the same time, primary reservoir numerical simulation for selected block in Bai92 reservoir are implemented considering that more importance should be attached to the feasibility of in-situ combustion in reservoir scale. Some important factors such as air injection rate are investigated. Moreover, the progress in pilot test of in-situ combustion in B92 reservoir is introduced briefly.

The results of primary experiments, reservoir numerical simulation and pilot test show that in-situ combustion is feasible to enhance oil recovery of such shallow, thin and multilayered heavy oil reservoir as B92.

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