Enhanced recovery

Huff ’n’ Puff Gas-Injection Pilot Improves Oil Recovery in the Eagle Ford

The Eagle Ford formation has produced approximately 2 billion bbl of oil during the last 7 years, yet its potential may be even greater. Using improved oil-recovery (IOR) methods could result in billions of additional barrels of production.

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The Eagle Ford formation has produced approximately 2 billion bbl of oil during the last 7 years, yet its potential may be even greater. Using improved oil-recovery (IOR) methods could result in billions of additional barrels of production. While a number of companies have field-tested an IOR method called huff ’n’ puff gas injection, most of the published results are from laboratory and modeling studies. This paper evaluates the results of these field tests and discusses the potential of the huff ’n’ puff method in the formation.

Introduction

The Eagle Ford formation, formed during the late Cretaceous, is a laminated calcareous organic rich shale.

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