Neftyanaya Provintsiya
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Neftyanaya provintsiya No.3(15),2018


Borisova Yu.Yu., Borisov D.N., Yakubov M.R.


In this paper, a physical simulation of the displacement of extra-viscous oil from a porous medium was carried out. The variant of cyclic injection of composite solvent was investigated. As a base solvent, a byproduct of a catalytic reforming process was used, the composition of which is represented mainly by light saturated hydrocarbons. An inhibitor of asphaltene precipitation and a minimum fraction in the composition of the displacing solvent was selected. The effect of oil saturation, water saturation, and solvent holding time in the reservoir model on the oil displacement rate and the final oil recovery value is estimated.

    Key words:

    ultra-viscous oil, hydrocarbon solvents, alkane, simulation, oil displacement.


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    Borisova Yu.Yu., PhD, Researcher, Laboratory of Crude Oil and Natural Bitumen Refining, Arbuzov Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry, FRC Kazan Scientific Center of RAS, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia 


    Borisov D.N., PhD, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Crude Oil and Natural Bitumen Refining, Director of Oil and Gas Analysis and Production Center, Arbuzov Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry, FRC Kazan Scientific Center of RAS, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia 


    ​Yakubov M.R., PhD, Associate Professor, Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, Arbuzov Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry, FRC Kazan Scientific Center of RAS, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia 


    For citation:

    Yu.Yu. Borisova, D.N. Borisov, M.R. Yakubov Metod intensifikacii dobychi sverzvjazkih neftej. ciklicheskie zakachki kompozicionnogo rastvoritelja dlja razrabotki tonkih produktivnyh plastov [Method of intensifying production of extra-viscous oil. cyclic injection of composition solvents for the development of thin productive deposits]. Neftyanaya Provintsiya, No. 3(15), 2018. pp. 81-95. (in Russian)

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