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Aspects in Mining & Mineral Science

Recent Trends in Development of In-Situ Combustion for Heavy Oil Production and Upgrading

  • Open or CloseAlex Turta1*, Mohammad Islam2, Ravinder Sierra3 and Ashok Singhal4

    1A T EOR Consultancy Inc, 176 Rocky Ridge Landing, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    2Instructor at South Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Canada

    3Hurshan Corporation, Oil & Gas Technology Consultants, Canada

    4Premier Reservoir Engineering Services, Canada

    *Corresponding author: Alex Turta, A T EOR Consultancy Inc, 176 Rocky Ridge Landing, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Submission: November 25, 2021; Published: December 07, 2021

DOI: 10.31031/AMMS.2021.08.000682

ISSN : 2578-0255
Volume8 Issue2


In-situ combustion (ISC) as an Enhanced Oil Recovery method has been applied for 70 years. However, considerable progresses have been made in the last 20 years and they refer to new utilizations of ISC and enlargement of its area of application, as follows:
a. Application of ISC as a tertiary exploitation method after steam flooding (steam drive)
b. Application of ISC to deep heavy oil reservoirs of high temperature
c. Combination of the ISC with horizontal wells as production wells, resulting in the development of the Toe-To-Heel Air Injection (THAI) process

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