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Reservoir Simulation

Reservoir simulation is one of the core technologies in the domain of petroleum engineering to form optimal development/production operation strategies, future production forecast and reserve estimation as the computer-based modeling method for reservoir description in the 3-Dimension.

High-risk investment is required for reservoir development and production because it is always associated with uncertainties about geological characteristics and high risk of development/production operation, which means difficulties in reservoir restoration and cost recovery in case of inefficient reservoir development/production. Reservoir simulation, which is a very useful technology for the economical development in oil and gas fields, enables to test various situations to predict and prevent the high risks and present optimal development/production operation strategies.

KNOC conducted reservoir simulation for Block 11-2 of Vietnam in 2008 to verify the development feasibility. The institute proposed the optimal field development strategy for Ada in Kazakhstan by executing a simulation study in 2009, 2010, and 2012. Both of a DFN(Discrete Fracture Network) model construction and simulation study with EOR were also done for a fractured reservoir of San Pedro in Peru and a heavy oil reservoir of Hayter in Canada. KNOC has been conducting unconventional reservoir simulation study and technical supports for horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing methods applied reservoirs which are Montney in Canada and Eagle Ford in USA.

 
Department Contacts Updated
Updated : 2018-07-27 Department : E&P Technology Center. Contacts : +82)52-216-3682
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EOR

EOR(enhanced oil recovery) processes have emerged as useful methods for recovery of oil and gas from wells which primary or secondary processes were used for. Generally, the EOR methods are classified into miscible, immiscible, thermal, and bacterial techniques. CO2 or nitrogen flooding is miscible; polymer or alkaline surfactant polymer (ASP) flooding is immiscible; and steam injection and burning gas are thermal.

The EOR methods are mostly related with reduction of residual oil saturation or oil viscosity and lowering of interfacial tension between oil and water. KNOC has strived to acquire diverse EOR technologies for years and collaborated with world-renowned research institutes for further study into CO2 injection. KNOC???s acquisition of oil companies with non-conventional or old oil and gas assets allowed the institute to benefit from their accumulated knowledge and knowhow. Now, KNOC is involved in a study of Development of IOR/EOR technologies and field verification for carbonate reservoir in UAE.

EOR technologies are necessary for Korea to increase independent development of oil and gas wells, which will pave the way towards its emergence as an energy powerhouse.

 
Department Contacts Updated
Updated : 2018-04-19 Department : E&P Technology Center. Contacts : +82)52-216-3684
Non-Conventional Oil

Non-Conventional Oil

Oil Sands Exploration and Production

Oil sands are natural mixtures of sand, clay, water, and bitumen. These mixtures are so dense and viscous that technologies such as steam and solvent injection are applied to lower viscosity for oil sands development and production. Oil sands are found all around the world, but they are heavily deposited in Athabasca, Canada and the Orinoco Belt, Venezuela.

KNOC bought the BlackGold oil sand assets in Canada in 2006 and exploration/development feasibility and enhanced oil recovery studies assigned by the Korea government had been performed for not only oil sands but also bitumen in unconventional carbonate reservoirs since 2007.

Non-Conventional Oil

Tight/Shale Oil and Gas Exploration-Development-Production

Tight/shale oil and gas are hydrocarbons trapped in sandstone, carbonate and shale formations which have very low permeability. In the past, development activities in tight and shale plays were not considered due to lack of drilling technology and uneconomical production but, commercial development and production has been recently possible thanks to horizontal drilling technology and hydraulic fracturing method.

KNOC has been conducting various R&D projects and expanded its business to tight/shale oil and gas business right after the Eagle Ford joint venture with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in 2010. 3-phased shale gas technology enhancement project for establishment of technical competency in reservoir characterization, well completion and hydraulic fracturing and production operation optimization has been initiated since 2013 and the 4-year R&D project owned by Korea government has been also carried on.

 
Department Contacts Updated
Updated : 2018-04-19 Department : E&P Technology Center. Contacts : +82)52-216-3682
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EOR

CCS (Carbon capture and storage) is a technology that captured CO² from the power plants is transferred and stored underground. This technology, which prevents emissions from entering the atmosphere, provides an active way for coping with climate change. The Korean government has shown its determination to develop the technology so far. Considering this and the technology's potential as a future business, KNOC created a task force in 2010 to facilitate technology advancement. Also, it has carried out government -assigned research projects in the storage area.

Thanks to its accumulated technologies and knowhow in oil exploration and development, KNOC played a leading role in CCS technology such as G&G area, petroleum engineering area and topside plant design area. Major research projects currently underway include exploration of suitable storage sites in the offshore basins of Korea, assessment of storage capacity, prediction of CO² migration around potential onshore storage sites and process engineering design. Furthermore, Technology development department was already involved in an integrated CCS demonstration project in Canada. This provides the institute a benchmarking opportunity regarding necessary technologies and conditions for its own CCS demonstration in the future. KNOC carried out a small-scale the outcomes of all these, KNOC is now carrying out a small-scale demonstration government project from 2013 and our goal is to commercialize CCS technology from 2020.

KNOC is committed to the advancement of the technology, considering CCS as one of its next-generation growth engines. KNOC is a national company which aims to develop hydrocarbon fuels, the major source of CO² emissions. Therefore, it is meaningful for the company to strive to reduce CO² emissions in terms of corporate responsibility and contribution to society.

 
Department Contacts Updated
Updated : 2018-07-27 Department : E&P Technology Center. Contacts : +82)52-216-3682
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EOR

NTC Team is in charge of managing E&P Technical Data such as seismic and well data. In order to maintain user-friendly environment, it makes full use of special DB systems and is upgrading DB systems continuously.

• Manage E&P Technical data (KOTIS, STUDIO and ProSource DB)
• Do Seismic Data Conversion (Seismic Data Format & Media Conversion)
• Storage & Manage Cores and Cutting Samples
• Support computer graphic works

 
Department Contacts Updated
Updated : 2019-04-04 Department : E&P Technology Center. Contacts : +82)52-216-3506

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