Introduction

This extended abstract describes the use of infill drilling to improve solvent sweep efficiency and EOR recovery in a gravity dominated WAG flood.

Much of the incremental oil recovery in the Prudhoe Bay Miscible Gas Project (PBMGP) is displaced from a relatively small volume of swept reservoir surrounding each WAG injector. Solvent override occurs due to high vertical permeability and the large density difference between solvent and reservoir fluids. Solvent rises to the top of the reservoir or underneath shales, forming cone-shaped swept intervals around WAG injectors (Figure 1).

Vertical sweep by solvent in gravity dominated WAG floods can be improved by increasing the viscous-to-gravity ratio1,2 . A higher viscous-to-gravity ratio (HVGR) expands the solvent swept areas around the injection wells before gravity segregation occurs. However, little can be done in the PBMGP to reduce gravity forces, and water and solvent injection rates are currently near the maximum attainable.

Reduced well spacing remains the only viable method to increase viscous-to-gravity ratio. Most of the benefit from reduced well spacing is due to displacing oil from new WAG cones around the new injectors.

You can access this article if you purchase or spend a download.