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High-Frequency Electromagnetic Heating: 3D Model for Petroleum Production Applications

S. Cambon[1], I. Bogdanov[1]
[1]CHLOE, Pau, France

Oil production industry investigates new methods to improve oil extraction from natural rocks. Since long time the dedicated simulation software has been used to better understand the behaviour and predict the production from oil reservoirs depending on the developed technologies. Modern reservoir simulators are capable to model main conventional and some unconventional methods and associated physical mechanisms of oil recovery. It is not true for high-frequency electromagnetic heating. New approach is required to extend reservoir simulator capabilities. The main purpose of our work is to develop numerical tools for evaluation of promising technology based on the high-frequency heating of petroleum deposits. We illustrate how COMSOL Multiphysics®-based code coupling can be useful in doing what dedicated reservoir simulators aren't capable to do.