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Two-Dimensional COMSOL Simulation of Heavy-Oil Recovery by Electromagnetic Heating

M. Carrizales[1], and L.W. Lake[1]

[1]The University of Texas at Austin, University Station, Austin, Texas, USA

Introducing heat to the formation has proven to be an effective way of lowering the oil viscosity of heavy oils by raising the temperature in the formation. The application of electrical energy has gained more interest during the last decade because it offers fewer restrictions for its successful application compared to the conventional steam flooding methods. Although this recovery technique has been studied before, there are no commercial reservoir simulators yet available to model the response of a reservoir when it undergoes EM heating. This paper presents the use of COMSOL Multiphysics to simulate single-phase flow in a reservoir when an EM source is applied.