International Journal of Petroleum and Gas Engineering

International Journal of Petroleum Engineering ISSN 5675-0715 Vol.  2 (2) pp. 083-088, February, 2015.  © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Fast incineration assisted importance drainage (FCAGD) process for heavy oil improvement

Asghar Khatami1, Akbar E. Ghobadi1,2* and Shirin E. Ansari1,2

1Department of Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran.

2Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Islamic Azad University of Shiraz, Shiraz, Iran.


Accepted 28 January, 2015


"Fast combustion assisted gravity drainage" (FCAGD) process is a novel heavy oil recovery enhancement method which is a specific combination of the two in-situ combustion process and steam assisted gravity drainage process. In this paper, the novel FCAGD thermal heavy oil recovery enhancement process has been presented by an improved simulation with an Eclipse500 simulator and has been analytically validated with Visual code. As a result, the oil recovery factor of the simulation of the FCAGD process has been increased to about 48%. But, in comparison to its improved one, it is less efficient because as a result of the improved FCAGD process simulation, the oil recovery factor has been increased to about 52% in the reservoir. This novel process can be substituted with other thermal heavy oil recovery enhancement methods under proper technical circumstances with a greater recovery factor of oil produced.

Key words: Fast combustion assisted gravity drainage, improved simulation, thermal heavy oil recovery enhancement methods.