Oilsands Quest Provides Reservoir Test Program Update and Announces Participation at Conference
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In order to optimize a recovery process best suited to our reservoir, we have commenced field testing at our Axe Lake Test Sites. Our advanced laboratory studies and numerical reservoir simulations indicate that bitumen recovery can be achieved using our reconfigured thermal method, the Bottom Up Recovery Process. Our testing of this method follows a sequential approach, both in the scale of the field operations at Test Sites 1 and 3 and with the transition from vertical to horizontal wells.
Reservoir Test Program Update - Test Site 3 -------------------------------------------
In mid-October we perforated the two vertical wells at Test Site 3, which are approximately 3.5 meters apart, and installed water heating and injection facilities. The objective of this test was to circulate water and solvent at different temperatures in order to:
1. Confirm the establishment of early fluid movement; 2. Confirm the ability to establish convective heat transfer at the bottom of the reservoir; 3. Recover bitumen by using both hot water and solvent injection; and 4. Gather preliminary data on the horizontal displacement of fluids.
We commenced injecting cold water at low pressure and volume into the base of the McMurray formation on
We continued to circulate hot water until
“Our results at Test Site 3 are encouraging” said
Reservoir Test Program Update - Test Site 1 -------------------------------------------
We are awaiting final regulatory approval to proceed with our Phase One, vertical well test program at TS 1 to inject water and steam in order to:
1. Demonstrate the feasibility of establishing and maintaining staged communication at the base of the Axe Lake reservoir; 2. Evaluate reservoir behavior in relation to water and steam injection including geo-mechanical effects; and 3. Calibrate the Axe Lake relative permeability curves for use in our reservoir simulators.
Four vertical wells for micro-seismic monitoring are being drilled and completed and a baseline seismic profile will be established prior to commencement of Phase One testing. The interpretation of micro-seismic signals is expected to enable more effective history matching of the horizontal fluid flow and convective heat transfer. Phase One testing at TS 1 is expected to commence in mid-November.
Overburden Test Program - Update --------------------------------
A fifteen hole overburden test program using a specialized sonic coring rig commenced on
Pilot Project Application -------------------------
We expect to submit an application for a pilot project at Axe Lake in early 2010. This application will be based on a low pressure, thermal bitumen recovery process as currently being tested as part of our reservoir test program.
Conference Participation ------------------------
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