Journal of
Geology and Mining Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Geol. Min. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9766
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGMR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 176

Full Length Research Paper

Superheated steam injection in North Кенкияк shallow heavy oil reservoir

X. Zhao
  • X. Zhao
  • Research Institute Petroleum Exploration and Development, Daqing Oilfields Company Limited, Heilongjiang.
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P. Gao
  • P. Gao
  • Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Wyoming, US.
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Y. Wu
  • Y. Wu
  • Research Institute Petroleum Exploration and Development, PetroChina Company Limited, Beijing, China.
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  •  Accepted: 11 June 2013
  •  Published: 30 June 2013



This paper presents an integrated study on the superheated steam injection in the North Кенкияк Field, Kazakhstan. The methodologies cover investigation of mechanisms of superheated steam in recovery, lab experiment, and numerical simulation. The study indicates that the injection of superheated steam can cause rock wettability conversion which is favorable to recovery. The higher the heat enthalpy, the larger the specific volume and latent heat of vaporization of superheated steam would result in the better production and economic performance. The study result was further conformed in the pilot test. Field fulfillment is optimized and scheduled.


Key words: Superheated steam, shallow heavy oil reservoir, heatloss, reservoir simulation.