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WELL INTEGRITY ASSURANCE IN EOR INJECTION WELLS THROUGH THE LENS OF THERMAL PROPERTIES OF PORTLAND CEMENT

NAHVIN JAYARATNAM, NAHVIN (2012) WELL INTEGRITY ASSURANCE IN EOR INJECTION WELLS THROUGH THE LENS OF THERMAL PROPERTIES OF PORTLAND CEMENT. Universiti Teknologi Petronas. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Heavy oil production is one of the challenges faced by the Oil and Gas industry today with reserves of trillions of barrels. When considering production, heavy oil viscosity must be reduced to gain mobility and have oil flowing. Between all possible techniques, stearn stimulation is the most promising. Steam stimulation is one of the viable methods to exmct heavy oil from oil sand reservoirs. In this thermal pnocess, steam is injected through the well down to the reservoir to warm it up to 320oC hence, subjecting the well to high temperatures. These injectants are pumped from the surface at very high temperatures and pressures and are required to enter the targeted zone with minimal amount of heat loss to the surrounding formation. The cement sheath in steam injection wells are required to have good thermal insulation properties to minimise the amount of heat loss to the formation while ensuring the integfity and flow assurance of the well. This research focuses on the thermal conductivity of cement and how the stmctural properties of cement affect heat transfer from the casing to the surmunding formation. Cement samples cured at varying temperatures are analysed using a Micro Focus X-Ray Computerised Tomography (CT) System thus, allowing the mapping of porcs and microfractures within the internal cement structur€. Cement cured at elevated temperatures show significant differences in microstructure compared to baseline samples. The thermal conductivity (k-values) of the samples are then measured and correlated to the pore distribution and curing temperahres. This will allow for thc modelling of heat flow from the casing to the zurrounding formation

Item Type: Final Year Project
Academic Subject : Academic Department - Petroleum Geosciences - Petrophysics - Petrophysical data acquisition
Subject: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering
Depositing User: Users 2053 not found.
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2013 11:58
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2013 11:58
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/6436

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