The application of technologies in mature producing basins can result
in improving marginal well economics, thus prolonging their life. Improving
economics is accomplished by reducing lifting costs, recovering additional
reserves, or a combination of both. The application of gel polymer treatments
on Arbuckle wells in Kansas is a good example of revitalizing mature
marginal production through technology application.
The author would like to thank the Tertiary Oil Recovery Project, Gel
Technologies Corp., TIORCO, Inc., Pratt Technology Management, and Polymer
Services, LLC for providing information contained in this paper and
their participation in PTTC workshops to transfer this technology to
Kansas oil operators. Thanks to the Kansas operators who have provided
data on their treatments and the Producers Advisory Group for the North
Midcontinent Region of PTTC. A special thanks to the Petroleum Technology
Transfer Council and the U.S. Department of Energy for providing funding
to transfer technology to independent oil and gas operators.
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