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Project

Cavitas Energy - THOR - Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery

Technology Organisation

Cavitas Energy

Cavitas Energy is an enhanced oil recovery specialist supporting the international oil and gas service industry.

http://www.cavitas.co.uk

Cavitas Energy - THOR - Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery

Project summary

We are funding Cavitas to design, build & test a protoype of their Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery (THOR) system, for use in areas where conventional thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery is not effective. Primary use of the system will be the heating of injection water in heavy oil applications to improve recovery.

The project will be phased and cover THOR prototype design, full field thermal EOR study, build prototype, identify / secure field trial and complete system testing.

Challenge

Marginal Developments

Vision

Maximise Recovery

Entry TRL

5

Field Trial

No

Technology

THOR - Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery

Type

Develop

Target TRL

8

Potential Industry Value

If the THOR system can achieve an increase in recovery by 11%, the average recovery factor for heavy oil fields in the UKCS would increase to 18.5%. When applied to 10% of the 400 million barrels in 'small pools' this represents and increase off 44 million barrels or £2.2bn in additional revenue.