Project 1: Developing efficient steady flow in heavy oil and reservoir management

1. Better understanding of field conditions
2. Document liothological characteristics
3. Accelerate pace of development of field
4. Reduction in production cost and increase in recovery

Waxy crude or heavy oil usually consists of light and intermediate hydrocarbons, wax and heavy organic compounds. This crude is highly viscous with high specific gravity and low hydrogen-carbon ratio, exhibiting thixotropic, temperature dependent and compressible properties developed by the crystallized paraffin compounds and the thermal shrinkage. As this heavy oil flows, crystals of wax are formed on the side walls and encapsulate the oil inside the wax layers. This arterial blockage efficiently contains the free flow in addition to its thixotropic behavior.

To develop field applicable techniques for economic recovery
Methodologies for better reservoir management

Research Plan Summary
Field Work

  • Collection of samples and well data
  • Discussion with the field personnel
Laboratory Work
  • Detailed core Analyses with special reference to,
    • Storage and yield parameters
    • Physico-chemical properties of formation fluid
    • Fluid flow behaviour
  • Log data interpretation
Expected Outcome
  • The result will provide efficient field oriented techniques to accelerate the flowable movement of heavy oil with sustainable economic recovery
  • The study will be a model for similar field conditions
  • Research publication
Project 2: Containing formation fines migration an obstruction to well productivity
Project 3: Rock mechanical behaviour - an effective tool to enhance drilling and production
Project 4: Sensitivity of cement and drilling fluids in well completion - An analytical approach
Project 5: Assessment and management of tight sand reservoirs
Project 6: Shale gas reservoir characterization, stimulation and production evaluation
Project 7: Coal bed methane resource characterization