سال انتشار: ۱۳۸۵
محل انتشار: یازدهمین کنگره ملی مهندسی شیمی ایران
تعداد صفحات: ۲۰
Reza Azin – Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Sharif Univ. Technology, Tehran, Iran
Riyaz Kharrat – Petroleum Univ. Technology Research Center, Tehran, Iran
Cyrus Ghotbi – Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Sharif Univ. Technology, Tehran, Iran
Shapour Vossoughi – Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Kansas University, Lawrence, KS
The vapor extraction (VAPEX) process, a solvent-based enhanced oil recovery process is found promising for some heavy oil reservoirs. In this work, the VAPEX process is studied using a compositional simulator on a number of single-block and multiple block fractured systems. PVT data of one of Iranian heavy oil reservoirs are used to tune the equation of state. Effects of fracture network and spacing on the performance of process were studied. It was found that the fracture network enhances the VAPEX process in low-permeability systems by increasing the contact area between solvent and oil contained in the matrix blocks. Also, the fracture network reduces the instabilities in the system pressure and damps pressure surges in the system during the VAPEX process. In addition, results showed that solvent traverse between fracture network delays the onset of solvent breakthrough and provides more residence time for the solvent to be in contact with heavy oil.