Primary recovery factor as a function of production rate: implications for conventional reservoirs with different drive mechanisms

Arshad Raza*, Raoof Gholami, Richard Wheaton, Minou Rabiei, Vamegh Rasouli, Reza Rezaee

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Abstract

This study evaluates the dependency of production rate on the recovery of hydrocarbon from conventional reservoirs using MBAL simulator. The results indicated that the recoveries are sensitive to the production rate in almost all hydrocarbon reservoirs. It was also found that the recovery of volumetric gas drive reservoirs is not impacted by the production rate. In fact, any increase in the production rate improves gas recovery in weak and strong water drive reservoirs. Moreover, increasing the production rate in oil reservoirs decreases the recovery with a significant effect observed in the weak water drive reservoirs. The results of this study demonstrate the need for implementing an effective reservoir management in order to obtain a maximum recovery.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects
Early online date5 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 5 Feb 2019

Keywords

  • drive mechanisms
  • hydrocarbon reservoirs
  • production rates
  • Recovery factor

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