Thermal recovery methods are typically required for heavy oil, extra heavy oil, and bitumen reservoirs, in which the oil viscosity is high but reduces with temperature. ECLIPSE thermal can simulate a wide range of thermal recovery processes including the following:

  • Steam injection, such as cyclic steam injection (huff and puff), steam flood, or steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).
  • Hot fluid or gas injection.
  • Wellbore heaters.
  • Combustion (including in situ combustion).

It allows analysis of oil, gas, water, and solid behaviors, the latter especially useful for modeling chemical reactions, and supports live oil or dead oil models.

A full graphical user interface for building heavy oil recovery models and analyzing simulation results is available in Petrel Reservoir Engineering.

The ECLIPSE Thermal simulator supports a wide range of thermal recovery processes, including steam-assisted gravity drainage, cyclic steam operations, toe-to-heel air injection, and cold heavy oil production with sand.

Capabilities

Full graphical user interface for building heavy oil recovery models and analyzing simulation results with Petrel Reservoir Engineering.

Simulates the widest variety of thermal recovery processes such as cyclic steam injection (huff and puff), steam flood or steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), hot fluid or gas injection, wellbore heaters, and combustion (including in situ combustion). 

Allows the simulation of multiple hydrocarbon components in both oil and gas phases (live oil model).

Allows you to model a single nonvolatile component in the oil phase (dead oil model).

Provides analysis of oil, gas, water, and solids (useful with chemical reactions) behaviors. 

Allows you to control well production rates based on well temperature.

Allows low-temperature thermal simulations (suitable for lab experiments or cold heavy oil production with sand).

Enables evaluation of toe-to-heel air injection scenarios, leveraging the integrated workflow capabilities of software while maximizing the effective time for performance analysis.

Enables modeling of foamy oil, allowing you to assess the effect on gas production, gas drive, and oil production.

In conjunction with the robust, mature, and advanced ECLIPSE multisegmented well model, allows you to model complex well topology, including dual-tubing and horizontal wells and multiphase flow effects in the wellbore.

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