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  • Volume 2018

    In-situ Combustion: Reservoir Candidacy/Project Selection Criteria(s) For Niger Delta Heavy Oil Reservoirs
    (International Journal of Engineering Works)

    Vol. 5, Issue 9, PP. 154-162, September 2018
    Keywords: In-situ Combustion ISC, Niger Delta, Reservoir Selection Criteria, Heavy Oil, Enhanced Oil Recovery EOR, Thermal Recovery, Nelson and McNeil ISC model

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    There is a drastic need for the oil companies operating within the onshore(s) and offshore(s) of Nigeria to critically start looking at the various possibilities of heavy oil production from the nation’s various fields located in the Niger Delta region using already available Enhanced Oil Recovery techniques/methods such as In-situ combustion (ISC), CHOPS and SAGD. This study focused on In-situ combustion as a means of enhancing likely heavy oil production in the Niger Delta using the Nelson & McNeil 1961 ISC model. The study developed applicable screening criteria(s) for both reservoir candidacy and ISC project selection in the Niger Delta. Corresponding programs and flow-charts that would allow petroleum engineers in the Niger Delta to theoretically evaluate production performances using his/her computer(s) was also developed. It was discovered also during our course of work that all six reservoirs considered in both Case 1 (Venezuela reservoir) and Case 2 (Niger Delta reservoirs) met this study’s reservoir candidacy selection criteria(s) for possible applicability of an ISC project performance evaluation(s) with respect to enhancing oil production. These reservoirs were further graded / ranked based on their theoretical ISC project performances as calculated and evaluated using a well known ISC model as documented in the ISC handbook.


    1.  Patrick Godwin Oyindobra Ossai, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

    2. Ugochukwu Ilozurike Duru, Department  of Petroleum Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

    3. Boniface Obah, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

    4. Princewill Nnaemeka Ohia, Department  of Petroleum Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

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    Patrick Godwin Oyindobra Ossai and Ugochukwu Ilozurike Duru and Boniface Obah and Princewill Nnaemek, "In situ Combustion Reservoir Candidacy/Project Selection Criteria(s) For Niger Delta Heavy Oil Reserviors", International Journal of Engineering Works, Vol. 5 Issue 9 PP. 130-137 September 2018.


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