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  • Innovative steamflood revives shut-in heavy oil property


    Steven Schamel, Mike Deet and Viola Rawn-Schatzinger

    Aera Energy LLC (Aera) successfully reestablished production in the Monarch sand in its Pru Fee lease in the Midway-Sunset field through tight integration of geologic characterization, geostatistical modeling, reservoir simulation and petroleum engineering. Behind the success is an innovative approach to steamflood production design that balances optimal total oil production against economically viable production rates and performance factors. Production on the 40-acre property has risen to over 1,200 bopd and, five years after project start, more than one million bbl of oil has been recovered. Aera is applying concepts learned through this project to adjoining leases.

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