Print Email Facebook Twitter Feasibility of borehole radar measurements to monitor water/steam fronts in EOR applications Title Feasibility of borehole radar measurements to monitor water/steam fronts in EOR applications Author Miorali, M. Slob, E.C. Arts, R.J. TNO Bouw en Ondergrond Publication year 2009 Abstract A technique capable of capturing the dynamic of the reservoir fluids in the proximity of production wells would provide enormous benefit to the reservoir management; in fact, monitoring can be used to develop a feedback loop between measurements and control technologies to optimize the production. This paper examines the feasibility of a borehole radar tool for near-wellbore imaging. Modeling results show that the maximum imaging range depends mainly on the conductivity of the formation where the radar borehole system lies. Another constraint is given by the operating frequency of the system. Too low frequencies would compromise the electromagnetic wave propagation in favor of diffusion phenomena and too high frequencies would drastically attenuate the signal. In case of a relatively low conductive reservoir and a limited band of frequencies higher than 100 MHz we have defined the optimal imaging capacity of the radar system in the order of tens of meters. We suggest borehole radar measurements as a promising approach to monitor steam chamber growth in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) processes and to prevent water encroachment in thin oil rims. The penetration capacity of a radar system fits the imaging depth necessary for these environments. Subject GeosciencesBorehole radarsControl technologiesDiffusion phenomenaFeed-back loopHigh frequencyImaging depthLow frequencyModeling resultsOperating frequencyOptimal imagingProduction wellsReservoir fluidSteam chamberSteam-assisted gravity drainagesThin oil rimsWater encroachmentWellboreBoreholesElectromagnetic wavesEngineering exhibitionsOil wellsPetroleum reservoir evaluationRadarRadar imagingRadar systemsReservoir managementRadar measurement To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:8c41b90c-4a5b-47eb-9014-cde152241ace TNO identifier 346438 ISBN 9781615672363 Source 71st European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2009, 8 June 2009 through 11 June 2009, Amsterdam, Conference code: 79135. Vol 2, 843-847 Document type conference paper Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.