Evaluation of rock/fracture interactions during steam injection through vertical hydrofractures

A. R. Kovscek*, R. M. Johnston, T. W. Patzek

*Corresponding author for this work

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The design and results of Shell's Phase II steam drive pilot in the South Belridge Diatomite, Kern County, California is discussed. Steam drive on 5/8 acre spacing appears to be an economically viable alternative to waterflooding in the Diatomite; hence, it is being explored as a secondary recovery process. The Phase II pilot aims to demonstrate that steam could be injected across the full Diatomite interval and to quantify reservoir heating and volumetric sweep by steam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - SPE Annual Western Regional Meeting
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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