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EOR: Heavy Oil Steam Injection (RES58)


    This course will develop your understanding of the fundamentals of heavy oils, thermal enhanced oil recovery methods and the mechanisms of steam injection in heavy oil recovery processes. It provides you with mathematical tools to help in the design and selection of steam injection EOR projects.

    Course Level: Skill / Advanced
    Duration: 5 days
    Instructor: Edmond Shtepani

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A reservoir engineer working in heavy oil thermal EOR projects

    How we build your confidence

    This course builds a firm knowledge foundation by combining theory lectures with practical examples.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • Thermodynamics of heavy oils
    • Mechanisms of steam injection
    • How to determine and apply the analytical and semi-analytical models for evaluation of recovery efficiency
    • How to differentiate hot-water drives, steam drives, cyclic steam injection, and SAGD
    • Designing a laboratory protocol for a successful steam injection project
    • How to validate and use laboratory data in thermal reservoir simulators
    • The screening and planning of the appropriate thermal EOR method


    Heavy oils
    • Structural composition
    • Advanced characterisation of heavy fractions
    • Rheological properties
    • Foaminess of heavy oils
    • Emulsions
    • Advanced PVT experiments
    • EOS modelling and characterisation

    Heavy oil reservoirs
    • Reservoir characterisation
    • High porosity and permeability
    • Unconsolidated sands
    • Relative permeability

    Introduction to heavy oil recovery methods
    • Non-thermal recovery methods
      - Cold heavy oil production with sands (CHOPS)
      - Primary recovery by solution gas drive
      - Foamy oil mechanism
    • Thermal recovery methods
      - Hot water injection
      - Steam injection
      - In situ combustion
    • Other processes
      - Polymer injection
      - CO2 injection
      - VAPEX
      - THAI process
    • Screening and the criteria of thermal EOR

    Steam injection based oil recovery processes
    • Steam
    • Steam zone growth
    • Steam flood design
    • Advanced core flood experiments
    • Recovery mechanisms

    Cyclic steam stimulation (CSS)
    • The Boberg and Lantz method
    • The Towson and Boberg model

    Steam assisted gravity drainage
    • The Neuman model
    • The Vogel model



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