Enhanced recovery

Production-Technology Selection Optimizes Redevelopment Project in Austria

This paper describes measures undertaken in the discipline of production technology to prepare for one of the largest field redevelopment projects undertaken by the operator in Austria.

Horizontal polymer pattern.
Fig. 1—Horizontal polymer pattern.

OMV operates 26 oil fields in Lower Austria. The majority were developed in the 1950s and ’60s and show an extended period of decline. The challenge of operating brownfields can be tackled by a major chemical-enhanced-oil-recovery field‑redevelopment project. The scope of the polymer field rollout is to create and operate efficient horizontal polymer injection patterns in Lower Austria.


The operator historically has executed several enhanced oil recovery trials, but during the past 10 years, polymerflooding has grown in importance in its development plans.

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