Post SAGD In-Situ Combustion: Potentials and Challenges

Paitakhti Oskouei, Seyed Javad (University of Calgary) | Moore, Robert Gordon (U. of Calgary) | Maini, Brij B. (U. of Calgary) | Mehta, Sudarshan A. (U. of Calgary)


Copyright 2012, Society of Petroleum Engineers This paper was prepared for presentation at the SPE Heavy Oil Conference Canada held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 12-14 June 2012. This paper was selected for presentation by an SPE program committee following review of information contained in an abstract submitted by the author(s). Contents of the paper have not been reviewed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and are subject to correction by the author(s). The material does not necessarily reflect any position of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, its officers, or members. Electronic reproduction, distribution, or storage of any part of this paper without the written consent of the Society of Petroleum Engineers is prohibited. The abstract must contain conspicuous acknowledgment of SPE copyright. Abstract In Situ Combustion, ISC, is a process with strong potential to compliment Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage by extending the economic life of the SAGD pattern and hence improving the ultimate recovery. Implementing In-Situ Combustion, as a followup process to SAGD can improve recovery from the pattern by displacing residual oil from the steam chamber and more importantly by recovering oil from the wedge zones.