An integrated heat efficiency model for superheated steam injection in heavy oil reservoirs
Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development, PetroChina, 20 Xueyuan Road, Haidian, Beijing 100083, China
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Accepted: 24 October 2018
Accurate calculation of heat efficiency in the process of superheated steam injection is important for the efficient development of heavy oil reservoirs. In this paper, an integrated analytical model for wellbore heat efficiency, reservoir heat efficiency and total heat efficiency was proposed based on energy conservation principle. Comparisons have been made between the new model results, measured data and Computer Modelling Group (CMG) results for a specific heavy oil reservoir developed by superheated steam injection, and similarity is observed, which verifies the correctness of the new model. After the new model is validated, the effect of injection rate and reservoir thickness on wellbore heat efficiency and reservoir heat efficiency are analyzed. The results show that the wellbore heat efficiency increases with injection time. The larger the injection rate is, the higher the wellbore heat efficiency. However, the reservoir heat efficiency decreases with injection time and the injection rate has little impact on it. The reservoir thickness has no effect on wellbore heat efficiency, but the reservoir heat efficiency and total heat efficiency increase with the reservoir thickness rising.
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