Radioactive Tracers in Oil Production Problems
- A.H. Flagg (Lane-Wells Co.) | J.P. Myers (Lane-Wells Co.) | J.L.P. Campbell (Lane-Wells Co.) | J.M. Terry (Lane-Wells Co.) | E.S. Mardock (Well Surveys Inc.)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Transactions of the AIME
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- December 1955
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- Journal Paper
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Published in Petroleum Transactions, AIME, Volume 204, 1955, pages 1-6.
The development process for the use of radioactive tracers as a means of locating zones of permeability is discussed. The general techniques for the safe handling of radioactive materials is given as developed by the Lane-Wells Co. and Well Surveys, Inc. The problems and successes with tracers in waterflood systems, oil and gas injection profiles, fracture sand tracing, squeeze cement tracing, lost circulation, and cement top location are discussed and illustrated.
The exact location of the permeable zones lying within the productive horizon has been a major problem faced by the petroleum engineer for decades, and it has been a problem which has seldom been solved with certainty. Reservoir engineers usually have to incorporate a question mark in their estimates of future reservoir performance because of blanks in the core data. Although the use of radioactivity or electrical logs for the estimation of porosity has been of great assistance in furnishing a record for the reservoir engineer, this application of logging data has not completely solved the problem. In short, the industry needs an in-situ well surveying method which can locate and estimate the permeability of the zones existing within a given pay section.
The initial development work with radioactive tracers has been towards filling the need for permeability information. Progress to date permits the location of permeable zones with a qualitative estimate of theirrelative importance with respect to permeability. The calibration of the method is still incomplete, but present development work on tracer preparations, borehole effect correction factors, and instrument limitations give a promise of quantitative "permeability profiles" in the near future.
The development work on the radioactive tracer method discussed here began several years ago in the laboratories of Well Surveys, Inc., in Tulsa.
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