Often less than half
of the oil in place in reservoirs is recovered.
In reservoirs where fractures play a significant
role in reservoir permeability, the ultimate
recovery can be less than 10% of the estimated
oil in place. The remaining oil is either
technically or economically unrecoverable. This
unrecovered oil represents a significant
potential resource for the mature petroleum
industry in the United States, in which the
potential for new, large discoveries of oil is
The research program described in this web
presentation outlines a method for improving the
ultimate recovery from fractured oil reservoirs.
The approach focuses upon developing a suite of
tools to better understand and design secondary
recovery processes specifically tailored to
fractured oil reservoirs.
The research is designed to exploit data and
collect additional information gathered during a
field trial of Thermally Assisted Gravity
Segregation (TAGS) at the Yates Field in Texas,
but is also applicable to other types of enhanced
oil recovery processes in fractured reservoirs.
The TAGS process as well should be applicable to
many other fractured oil reservoirs in the United
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