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Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 78 (2011) 646–653

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Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
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Mathematical modeling and field application of heavy oil recovery by
Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic stimulation
Alfred Davletbaev a, Liana Kovaleva b, Tayfun Babadagli c,⁎

RN-UfaNIPIneft, Rosneft, Russian Federation
Bashkir State University, Russian Federation
University of Alberta, Canada

a r t i c l e

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Article history:
Received 14 February 2011
Accepted 29 July 2011
Available online 6 August 2011
electromagnetic heating
heavy-oil recovery
field results
mathematical modeling

a b s t r a c t
A multi-layer, two-dimensional mathematical model of reservoir heating by Radio-Frequency (RF)
Electromagnetic (EM) radiation for heavy oil recovery is presented. The model takes into account the heat
loss in the wellbore and into the surrounding formations. The validity of the mathematical model is tested on
a real field case application. A sensitivity analysis on the damping coefficient of EM waves is also performed.
It is shown that the occurrence of volumetric heat sources at the bottom hole caused by EM field action yields
an intensive deep heating of the reservoir with a small temperature gradient. Numerical calculations show
that the bottom-hole pressure and the EM generator power are essential factors in determining the heat
transfer processes and heavy oil production. The method of RF-EM radiation is also compared to “cold”
production (without any influence of heating).
© 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

1. Introduction
Heavy-oil and bitumen recovery from difficult geological media such
as deep, heterogeneous and high shale content sands and carbonates,
and water repellent oilshale reservoirs requires techniques other than
conventional thermal and miscible injection methods. Materials in oil
reservoirs (formation water, crude oil, oil–water emulsions, bitumen
and their components like resins, asphaltenes, and paraffin) are nonmagnetic dielectric materials with low electrical conductivity. If an
electromagnetic field can be created to change these properties, electrothermo controlled hydrodynamics could improve the displacement and
recovery of heavy-oil/bitumen.
This paper deals with the recovery improvement of heavy-oil by
Radio-Frequency (RF) Electromagnetic (EM) radiation. The RF-EM fields
in the form of waves can penetrate deeply enough – from fractions of a
meter to several hundred meters – into oil and gas containing reservoirs
to generate heat and eventually improve recovery mainly due to the
reduction of oil viscosity.
Results of RF-EM treatment experiments were well documented in
numerous studies (Chakma and Jha, 1992; Kasevich et al., 1994;
Nigmatulin et al., 2001; Ovalles et al., 2002). Theoretical aspects of
heavy-oil production were covered by Abernethy (1976), Islam et al.
(1991), Sahni et al. (2000), Sayakhov et al. (2002), and Carrizales et al.
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E-mail address: (T. Babadagli).
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(2008). Several other studies investigated the heat and mass transfer
processes in heavy oil reservoirs stimulated by EM radiation (Davletbaev
et al., 2008, 2009; Kovaleva and Khaydar, 2004; Kovaleva et al., 2004;
Sayakhov et al., 1998). A number of other investigations proposed
analytical models of lab experiments (Nigmatulin et al., 2001; Ovalles
et al., 2002).
Various methods of EM treatment of hydrocarbon deposits were
reported over more than five decades (Bridges, 1979; Dyblenko et al.,
1981; Haagensen, 1965, 1986; Jeambey, 1989, 1990; Ritchey, 1956;
Sayakhov, 1992, 1996, 2003; Sresty et al., 1984). Field tests of bottomhole heating by RF-EM radiation were carried out in a number of oil
fields in Russia, the USA, and Canada (e.g., Kasevich et al., 1994;
Sayakhov et al., 1980; Spencer, 1987, 1989).
Abernethy (1976), in one of the pioneering works, solved the
problem of heat transmission within the production well under the
RF-EM field influence. The following expression for the oil flow rate,
taking into account the effect of temperature on the oil viscosity, and
the one-dimensional expression for the density of heat sources, was
adapted in that paper:
q = 2αd Jb

expð−2αd ðr−rd ÞÞ;


where αd is the damping factor of the EM-wave, Jb is the intensity of
radiation at the well bottom, and rd is the radius of EM-wave radiator.
The use of two horizontal wells for bitumen recovery by EM heating
in Alaska was simulated by Islam et al. (1991). According to the model
presented, one of the wells is intended for water or gas injection and

The boundary-condition differential equation system was solved by the finite difference method using the implicit scheme. The heat equation with a heat source in a one-dimensional formulation was solved by Ovalles et al. Later. / Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 78 (2011) 646–653 another well is intended for fluid recovery. thereby increasing its mobility. The algorithm of calculation included the refinement of the unknown parameters. i. Structural model used in the development of mathematical model: (1) well. (2010).1989) defines production stimulation by thermal excitation of the producing wells. (2004). The high-viscosity oil production method introduced in Dyblenko et al.. Then. It is assumed that in each elementary volume of the porous medium. the third layer is non-productive layer (surrounding rock) Z2 b z b Z3. Such distribution is. pay zone and surrounding rocks were a multilayer system consisting of six layers along the coordinate r. The solvent injection combined with RF electromagnetic radiation in a producing well for extra-heavy oil recovery was presented by Davletbaev et al. the mathematical model was used for EM simulation in three hypothetical oil fields in Venezuela with different viscosities of heavy oil. In these methods. The results of field tests in Russia (heavy oil reservoir by Ishimbayneft. and the equation of heat. in the general case. The well. 1. the heat transfer between the skeleton of the porous medium and fluid occurs instantaneously. The heat propagation process and fluid filtration in the layer were assumed as radial. The emergence of volume heat sources in the substance serves to heat and ultimately reduce the viscosity of oil. the Darcy law. The first layer along the coordinate r is a layer from the well axis to the inner radius of tubing 0 b r b R1. Fig. The deformation of the skeleton of the porous medium is absent and the filtration of fluid in a porous medium is described by Darcy's law. The general system of equations describing the processes in the system (well-pay zone-rocks surrounding the well and the pay zone). the frequency and power of radiation. in particular. Field case results (Yultimirovskaya tar sands) were used to test and validate the model. Mathematical models were developed for one-dimensional radial and linear cases. Definition of the model: geometry and basic equations This paper presents a two-dimensional mathematical model and numerical results of the heavy oil recovery by EM radiation from a well. Davletbaev et al. Oil flows through the borehole from the well bottom to the wellhead. and the dielectric properties of the medium. oriented along a well axis from top to bottom was used. the fourth layer is the casing of a well from the inner to the outer radius of R3 b r b R4. z) with the axis z. Sahni et al. an estimate of the damping factor of EM waves in the reservoir (adaptation of the measured and theoretical data temperature). . Nigmatulin et al. and the sixth layer is a surrounding rock from the outer radius of the baffle plate to the boundary of a layer R5 b r b re.915 GHz). taking into account the convective heat transfer along the well and heat losses into the surrounding rock. (2008. 2 ð2Þ where ω— frequency of EM waves. ε' — relative permittivity of the medium to liquid. (3) and (4) surrounding rock (matrix). ε0— electric constants. The model was described and a critical sensitivity analysis using the model was provided as a sample exercise. Physics of RF-EM heating of oil The distribution of electromagnetic waves in oil is associated with frequency dispersion of dielectric inductivity (capacitance) caused by orientational polarization of polar components.e. Due to finite conductivity of the coaxial conductor (the tubing and casing strings). the transmitted EM energy is converted into thermal energy that generates volume heat sources in the rock. and 3 layers along the coordinate z (Fig. (2002). Application of the EM heating for oil recovery in two oil reservoirs was tested. (2) pay zone. EM radiation and electrical heating methods were compared by Carrizales et al. Under the RF-EM influence. (2008). Yultimirovskaya and Mordovo_Karmalskaya tar sands) and basic mathematical model of RF-EM application were described by Davletbaev et al. Due to dielectric losses in the pay zone. 2009). and E— electric field intensity. This paper begins with mathematical modeling of the RF-EM process to determine the optimal application conditions. the fifth layer is baffle plate R4 b r b R5. (2001) studied the effects of RF-EM radiation when applied simultaneously with miscible oil displacement. the second layer is the producing layer from the roof to the subface Z1 b z b Z2. a hydrocarbon reservoir saturated by heavy-oil or bitumen is exposed to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EM) produced by a surface generator. tgδ— dielectric loss (dissipation) tangent. 1944): q= ωε0 ε′ tgδ 2 E . includes the continuity equation for the fluid in a porous medium (diffusion equation). given by the following equation (Landay and Lifshitz.A. The aim of this work was to mathematically model the physical experiments described in the same paper. Ramo and Whinnery. 647 The heating process has a volumetric character and is largely governed by the structure of the electromagnetic wave. The dissipation of the EM energy is accompanied by the occurrence of heat sources distributed in the medium. EM oil recovery by horizontal oil wells was also considered by Kovalyova (Kovaleva) and Khaydar (2004) and Kovaleva et al. the second layer is the tube itself from its inner to outer radiuses R1 b r b R2. additional heat (besides the Joule heat) is generated owing to electric polarization effects. The first layer along the coordinate z in the model is a nonproductive layer. 2. 1984. (2000) analyzed the use of low-frequency electric field (ohmic) heating (ω = 60 Hz) and microwave electromagnetic heating (ω = 0. An axial-symmetric coordinate system (r. 1). The heat released prevents paraffin dropout along the wellbore and provides additional heating of the oil in place. 3. the layer from the wellhead to the roof of pay zone 0 b z b Z1. (1981) and Spencer (1987. Appendix A presents the mathematical model in detail. part of the EM energy traveling from the well head to its bottom hole transforms again into thermal energy. These models considered the heat losses in the well and surrounding formations. The EM radiation effect and usual “cold” recovery of high-viscosity oil were also compared. the third layer is the well annulus filled with air R2 b r b R3. A satisfactory agreement between the calculated and the laboratory data was obtained.

decreasing monotonically with distance from the borehole.5. Z1 = 83 m. Ng = 0. 0. m Fig.5 m (in the surrounding rock). including radiofrequency electromagnetic field impact and injection of solvent into the formation in other studies (Davletbaev et al. λm = 3 W = ðm·KÞ.648 A. Pwf = 0. μ0 = 1 Pa·s: The average parameters were chosen in the range typical of highviscosity oil deposits of the Urals region of Russia. h = 10 m. 4.5 MPa. 0. m 10 10 0 5 5 10 0 x. Ng = 10 kW. 30 kW. 4-b).035 m (on the tubing surface). R5 = 0:115 m. 3 shows reservoir temperature distribution curves for different output performance settings of the RF-EM generator for μ0= 1 Pa·s. °C 100 75 50 0 10 50 25 5 0 5 y.5 MPa.   αm = 1200000 J = m3 ·K . m Fig. σt = 3:4·106 . Z3 = 96 m. 2. Temperature distribution across the reservoir during simultaneous RF EM heating and production for different RF generator performance settings: Ng = 10 kW (a) and Ng = 20 kW (b). . it is possible to achieve the target bottom-hole temperature and bottom-hole zone heating depth. / Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 78 (2011) 646–653 An example calculation was performed using the following hypothetical data for a sensitivity analysis in the next section: Pi = 1 MPa.5 MPa. Temperature distribution across the reservoir during simultaneous RF-EM heating and production at different times: t = 0. The water absorbs high frequency waves really high in microwave. μ0 = 1 Pa·s. 2–6. The generated thermal field in the first case (Fig. Z2 = 93 m. (2010). at different distances from the wellbore central axis: 0. In addition. re = 60 m. t = 3 days. 4 illustrates the 3-D distributions (for r-φ coordinates.Z3 = 3:95 W = ðm·KÞ. 3 days forμ0 = 1 Pa·s.1. 4. 5 illustrates wellbore temperature distributions after 3 days of treatment.Z3 = 2926000 J = m3 ·K . T0 = 8:8˚С. m b 200 T. Pwf = 0.   αZ1.   αR2. 2 shows reservoir temperature distribution curves at different times for μ0 = 1 Pa·s Pwf = 0. ϕ = 0:25. It is apparent that by changing the Fig. We can also observe increasing temperature and its gradient in the borehole zone during electromagnetic radiation into the reservoir. °C 100 150 50 0 10 100 50 5 0 y. Details about the field characteristics can be found in Davletbaev et al.5. 0:25. 0.R4 = 45 W = ðm·KÞ. 4-a) and 20 kW (Fig. R2 = 0:035 m. Fig. Ng = 10 kW. λR5 = 1:2 W = ðm·KÞ. 30 kW for μ0 = 1 Pa·s. αd = 0:03267 m−1 . Temperature distribution across the reservoir during simultaneous RF EM heating and production for different RF generator performance settings: Ng = 10. μ0 = 1 Pa·s.   αR5 = 2500000 J = m3 ·K . λR3 = 0:0315 W = ðm·KÞ.5 MPa and time t = 3 days. R1 = 0:03 m. Fig. Fig. Pwf = 0. λZ1. 10.11 m (on the inner wall surface of the cement casing). 4) is characterized by high temperatures (because of intense absorption of EM energy) in the borehole environment. 3. Note that the electromagnetic radiation we use is of radio frequency range (f =13. The absolute bottom-hole temperatures correspond to the values of the reservoir temperature distribution curves a 100 T. R4 = 3641900 J = m3 ·K . R3 = 0:105 m. 2008.5 MPa. Zc = 376:8 Ohm.   αo = 1912680 J = m3 ·K . λR2.56 MHz) and therefore. R4 = 0:11 m. ρo = 950 kg = m3 . 1. t= 3 days. Davletbaev et al. 0:75 MPa. kr = 0:183 10−12 m2 . the saturation of water in the collector is small and it can be neglected. Fig. 20. its absorption is mostly in oil. We noticed that such technology is more effective for extra-heavy crude oil and can increase the processing of well bottom zone in comparison with RF treatment only more than twice..   αR3 = 142977 J = m3 ·K . f = 13:56 MHz. 5 10 10 0 5 5 10 0 x. 0. Pwf = 0. 2009). kz = 0. 20. Pwf = 0.5 MPa. Application of the model and analysis of the results The results obtained using the solution of the mathematical model for the RF-EM treatment/continuous oil production process and applying the data given above are presented in Figs. emitting performance of the generator. 0:5. λo = 0:125 W = ðm·KÞ. corresponding to 10 m from the wellhead) of temperature after 3 days of treatment for an RF-EM generator power of 10 kW (Fig. The temperature of the medium at the bottom can reach sufficiently high values due to enhanced absorption of energy by electromagnetic waves near the radiator (in this case ~100 °C). We consider the combined technology. γo = 0:042 K−1 . Pwf = 0. ct = 10−9 Pa−1 . μat = 3:42·10−6 .7 m (in the annular space).

9 °C. 6 shows the flow dynamics for different generator output performance settings (Fig.A. and the other element was lowered into Well 1 at 83. 2 indicates that after t1 =1. 6a) for different reservoir/bottom-hole differential pressures (Fig. the temperature at the bottomhole of Well 150 increased from 8. One measuring element was lowered through the tubing string into Well 150 and positioned at 87. . Fig. 5. The pay zone has 25% porosity.64 days). 7. 3.4 h) of continuous heating in this mode. (Figs.39 days (33. the generator was readjusted to output 30 kW.5 m. Within the pay zone. the wellbore temperature curves indicate the presence of hightemperature spots. the greater is the flow of oil from the reservoir. The distance between these wells is 5 m. The test section included two wells: no.8 °C.5.5 m (the middle part of the radiator). 30 kW (a). t = 3 days.6% bitumen saturation and the permeability ranges between 0 and 183 mD. The greater the pressure differential between the borehole and formation. the generator was switched to the prolonged heating mode and its output performance was set to approximately 20 kW. the succeeding rate increase is the result of reduction in oil viscosity. 5. which is more mobile than the initial oil in place. 0. Temperature distribution in Well 150 during RF-EM heating. The temperature in both wells was measured by thermocouple elements. 30 kW. The EM energy was produced by a RF generator and transmitted by a coaxial conductor (well). μ0 = 1 Pa·s. An abrupt fall in temperature is observed on the border between the pay zone and the reservoir bottom. Davletbaev et al. An experimental section was selected for these tests in the field. Production rate dynamics during RF EM treatment for “cold oil” production Ng = 0 kW and for generator performance settings Ng = 10. the duration of oil production and the duration of EM radiation). The initial rate drop is due to the well reaching the stationary flow regime. Fig.5 MPa. and 0 kW. the temperature in Well 150 reached 149. which can be attributed to the absence of heat sources in this zone. Ng = 20 kW (b). Pressure differential between the borehole and the formation has no significant effect on the dynamics of change in flow rate (in the case considered here the range of pressure difference between wellbore and formation. this decreasing trend then slows and turns into a monotonous upward tendency. At the initial stage of production. Initially. 6.8 °C to 117. This is due to well/rock interaction effects in the bottom-hole zone — volume heating occurring within the pay zone 83 ≤ z ≤ 93 m is caused by EM energy absorption by the medium and a convective heat transport from the heated oil in the reservoir. The EM heating of the bitumen reservoir was performed in several stages for different RF generator operation modes. As a result. the generator was Fig. At the next stage. 7 shows the changes in temperature recorded in the bottom-hole zones of the wells during the RF-EM treatment. after 6 h (by t2 =1. and for different reservoir/bottom-hole differential pressures P0 − Pwf = 0. After that. Fig. Heating Fig. the greater is the increased oil production as compared with the production of cold oil. 20. 60 kW.75 MPa (b). 2–5). with the generator performance set to 20 kW. Initially. 6b). Pwf = 0. the liquid rate falls rapidly.25. water from Well 150 was displaced by air at an injection pressure of 0. Model validation using a field case RF-EM tests were conducted in the Yultimirovskoye bitumen field located in Sugushlinskaya Square operated by Tatneft.4–0. Fig.6 MPa. 150 and no. Temperature distribution along the wellbore during simultaneous RF EM heating and production for different RF generator performance settings: Ng = 10 kW (a). / Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 78 (2011) 646–653 649 of the wellbore caused by the EM wave absorption by the tubing string and the influx of ‘hot’ oil from the matrix can help prevent paraffin formation and produce heated oil coming to the surface. 0. 1. The greater the duration of stimulation and the power of the emitter of EM waves.

which is determined from the density of oil ρo and the volume of additional oil ΔQo.80 days) of operation at the maximum-output mode. These data were used to estimate the energy balance. This value of damping coefficient of EM waves in the reservoir was used for mathematical modeling of the RF-EM field and the production of extra-heavy oil. Simulation results were compared with those of a field test. We formulated a two-dimensional mathematical model of heavy oil recovery for RF-EM radiation heating. The energy balance calculations were performed for: (1) “cold” oil production at a constant bottomhole pressure in the well (the period of 30 days of oil production). 2. The damping coefficient of EM waves in a reservoir was evaluated to match the measured and calculation data. When modeling.80– 1.29. In calculating the energy balance was taken 5 days of oil production with RF-EM heating and then 25 days production without RF-EM radiation. hence. and (2) 5 days — oil production and RFEM radiation and 25 days — oil production stopped RF-EM generator (the total duration of 30 days). energy losses in transmission lines from the thermal station (where oil production is burned conventionally) to the location of RF-EM generator.03267 m − 1. Temperature distribution across the reservoir during simultaneous RF-EM heating for different stages.75. which is assumed to be 4.61∙107 J/kg. after the 5th (t5 = 1. RF-EM generator has efficiency ηG = 0. The mathematical model takes into account the heat losses into the rock surrounding the wellbore and reservoir. where G— calorific value of oil.21–6. 2.21 days of generator at 60 kW operating) and 6th stages (t6 = 3. The RF-EM generator was shut for 72 h (t6 =3. The increase in temperature to 44. After that. the temperature at the well bottom hole increased from 149. This model allowed us to quantify the degree of heating the reservoir.21 days). Energy balance calculation Fig. energy equivalent of additional oil production to compare the expenditure of energy of using RF-EM radiation. . the efficiency is ηL = 0.87–3. its efficiency. The base case is accepted by the “cold” oil production 30 days without RF-EM radiation.21–6. Fig. As seen. 8. Wellbore temperature distribution in Well 150 (from the well head) after RF-EM treatment (measured and calculated curves). Efficiency of thermoelectric power station is ηEPS = 0. 7. the energy consumption is equal to the product consumed by power RF-EM generator NPC on the duration of RF-EM radiation t1: WPC =NPC ⋅t1. i.87 days). 7 and 9. Numerical simulations suggest that bottom-hole temperature and heat/mass transfer effects in the reservoir can be controlled by setting the output performance of the RF generator and by the difference between the reservoir and bottom-hole pressure. Fig. The analysis showed that the ratio of the energy balance is 5. and the efficiency of power transmission lines were included in this exercise. with the presence of water in the well production is ηLH = 0. set to its maximum output capacity of 60 kW.8 °C was detected.35. Power consumption.20 days). These two cases were compared and the additional oil production by high-frequency electromagnetic radiation into the reservoir was calculated. The best combination of measured and theoretical data was obtained at the value of αd = 0. It is assumed that the efficiency of the transmission line from the thermoelectric power station to the location of the RF-EM generator is ηTF = 0.64–1. In addition the energy obtained is determined by the formula of WAP =M⋅G. The results indicate.87– 3. Davletbaev et al.3 °C. 9 illustrates the theoretical and measured temperature distributions along the borehole (from the wellhead to bottom). the heating dynamics soared and within 3. the absolute values of temperature do not coincide. RF electromagnetic generator. Note that the mathematical model did not take into account the geothermal gradient of temperature. the RF-EM system worked at maximum output of the generator with electromagnetic waves of ~60 kW for 32 h (t5 =1. Total power consumption with all the loss is determined from the following expression: NPC = N0 : ηG ηL ηEPS ηTF ηLH Assessment of energy balance is described by the form factor Kem. Then. WAP to the consumed energy due to the RF generator WPC: Kem = WAP : WPC Here. 9. the RF generator was switched out for 1. Conclusions Fig. As seen in Fig.20 days generator stop).e.67. 3. 8 shows the theoretical curves of temperature distribution in the reservoir from borehole 150 in different time periods. / Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 78 (2011) 646–653 6. and can be used to quantify the magnitude of heat loss.72 h (t4 =1.563.476. Heat loss EM energy in the borehole that are associated with oxidation and contamination of surface pipe tubing.7 h (t3 =1. During the RF-EM treatment of Well 150 the temperature on the bottom of Well 1 which was on distance of 5 m from Well 150 was registered. 9) calculated after a few days shows a small loss of heat at the top and bottom of the reservoir.8 to 191. 1. The distribution of temperature along the borehole (Fig. the measured and theoretical curves are in good agreement.650 A. the temperature at 5 m from the well (Well-150) increased to 32 °C. M=ΔQo ⋅ ρo— the mass of additional oil. Transmission line of EM waves from the wellhead to the bottom is a coaxial system of tubing and casing. which equal to the ratio of produced additional energy. the damping factor of the EM waves in the reservoir was used as a parameter to match the measured and theoretical data in Figs.

Q flow rate. m − 1. AB. λ0 length of the EM wave produced by the generator. ϕct r ∂r μ ∂r ϕct ∂z μ ∂z ∂t ðA  2Þ where kr and kz— permeability of productive stratum along coordinates r and z. ε0 and χ0 electric and magnetic constants. μ— oil viscosity. J/kg. μat and σat absolute magnetic permeability and specific electrical conductivity of the tubes. Zc wave resistance of air filling the intertube space. J/(m 3·K). J/(m 3·K). The pressure distribution in the reservoir is described by the diffusion equation:     ∂P k 1 ∂ r ∂P k ∂ 1 ∂P = r + z . and Q— flow rate. Reservoir oil viscosity is a function of temperature as given by: μ = μ0 expð−γo ⋅ΔT Þ. ðA  5Þ where μ0— value of viscosity at T = T0. °C. respectively. N0 power of EM-wave radiator. respectively. Pa·s. ωw flow in the tubing. MPa. m. λm thermal conductivity of the rock skeleton. Petr. WPC energy due to the RF generator working. tgδ dielectric loss (dissipation) tangent. ρo density of the oil. m − 1. Jb = N0/Sb intensity of radiation at the well bottom. Z3 maximal observed distance along coordinate z. J/(kg·K). . ΔT = T − T0. ñ specific heat capacity of oil. The RF-EM energy loss along the wellbore (between the generator and the bottom hole) can be considered an advantage as it prevents paraffin deposition and boosts the mobility of the produced oil. m. ηTF efficiency of transmission line from the thermoelectric power station to the location of the RF-EM generator. W/(m·K). ρo— density of the oil. density of oil. rd radius of EM-wave radiator (rw = R2). respectively.. J/s. 19–21 Oct. WAP produced additional energy. m 3. m. m 2. and γo— coefficient allowing for temperature dependence of the viscosity of oil. Calgary. respectively. Z1 ≤ z ≤ Z2 . Conf. α heat capacity per unit volume. Davletbaev et al. μ0 value of viscosity at T = T0. m.A. q— density of distribution of these heat sources. cm and co compressibility of the rock skeleton and of oil. λo thermal conductivity of oil. μ ∂r w ðA  3Þ It is assumed that the fluid motion along the wellbore from the borehole to the wellhead is defined by ωw = Q . Ng power of RF EM generator. ΔT = T − T0— change in temperature in the reservoir. / Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 78 (2011) 646–653 4. kW/m2. kW. ηL efficiency of transmission line of EM waves of a coaxial system of tubing and casing. 1/K. re pool boundary along coordinate r. υr— rate of filtering in the stratum along stratification. ηEPS efficiency of thermoelectric power station. the diffusion equation and Darcy's law. Appendix A. rw ≤ r ≤ re . P0 initial reservoir pressure. The rate of fluid flow in a porous medium is determined from Darcy's law: υr = − kr ∂P . The general system of equations includes the equation of heat transfer. m. R5 outside radius of baffle plate. m. m 2. Z1 and Z2 coordinates of the roof and subface of stratum. T temperature. kW. Nomenclature ω frequency of EM waves. J/(m 3·K). NPC t1 G ρo ΔQo 651 total power. ct— total compressibility of the system. f cyclic frequency of EM waves. 0 ≤ z ≤ Z3 . ωw— flow in the tubing. 0 ≤ z ≤ Z1 . ∂ T/∂ ϕ = 0 and ∂ P/∂ ϕ = 0. m 3/day. cP. volume of additional oil. E electric field intensity. Ohm. J. αm heat capacity of the rock skeleton. R1 and R2 inside and outside radius of tubing. respectively. P pressure. ηG efficiency of RF-EM generator. αd2 and αd4 damping factor of EM waves in the tubing and casing. i. m/s. W/(m·K). Z1 and Z2— coordinates of the roof and subface of stratum. calorific value of oil. ε' relative permittivity of the medium to liquid. m/s. Pwf bottom-hole pressure. Kem energy balance factor. kg/m 3. γo coefficient allowing for temperature dependence of the viscosity of oil. ϕ— porosity of the medium. R3 and R4 inside and outside radius of casing. and Z3— maximal observed distance along coordinate z. αd damping factor of EM-wave. λ thermal conductivity of the medium. MHz. Formulation of the problem and basic equations We assumed that the filtration of fluid in the reservoir and the distribution of the thermal field in the radial direction is carried out uniformly. Pa − 1. α ∂z where α— heat capacity per unit volume.e. m. ηLH efficiency of heat loss EM energy. duration of RF-EM radiation. co— specific heat capacity of oil. Rs active part of surface resistance of tubes. MPa. h stratum thickness. m. λ— thermal conductivity of the medium. respectively. J. r ≤ r ≤ re . MHz. Sb area of EM-wave radiator. MPa. rw and re— well radius and pool boundary along coordinate r. m. Z1 ≤ z ≤ Z2 . 0 ≤ r ≤ re . ct total compressibility of the system. respectively. Canada. The heat conductivity equation in the system is defined as follows:     ∂T 1 ∂ ∂T 1 ∂ ∂T ρ c ∂T = rλ + λ −υr o o α⋅r ∂r α ∂z α ∂r ∂t ∂r ∂z −ωw ðA  1Þ ∂T q + . T0 initial temperature of the medium. respectively. °C. mPa·s. kr and kz permeability of productive stratum along coordinates r and z. 0 ≤ r ≤ R1 . ϕ porosity of the medium. αo heat capacity of oil. W/(m·K). υr and υz rate of filtering in the stratum along and across stratification. π⋅R21 ðA  4Þ where R1— inside radius of tubing. kg/m 3. m 3/c. Pa − 1. Acknowledgment This paper is the revised and improved version of SPE 136611 presented at the 2010 SPE Canadian Unconventional Resources and Int.

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