Field studies for in-situ estimation of displacement efficiency and relative permeabilities

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Reliable information about reservoir properties and its variation within the reservoir is a key factor in reducing uncertainty within the choice of an asset development strategy, technological solutions, estimation of recoverable reserves and feasibility of development strategies. In case of waterflood designing or other methods of pressure maintenance for inhomogeneous, anisotropic collector, among necessary initial parameters we need the most accurate data on displacement efficiency, relative phase permeability functions, permeability values ​​along lateral and vertical coordinates, and principal directions of permeability tensor for complex carbonate objects. All those characteristics are currently determined from data of laboratory core studies, with total impossibility to transfer it correctly to the scale and conditions of fluid flow in formation during field development.

For 15 years the authors have been developing new methods and technologies for complex well testing. For each type of research, a specially planned sequence of technological operations, extended complex of hydrodynamic, geophysical measurements and methods production logging provide highly informative data on multidimensional multiphase filtration processes directly at reservoir conditions.

To determine desired reservoir characteristics, obtained data are interpreted by data assimilation within inverse problem solution. Corresponding forward problems are solved in transient, multiphase and / or multidimensional statement, with full consideration for object peculiarities (heterogeneity and anisotropy of formation properties, compressibility of fluids and rocks, possibility of separating dissolved gas, variable mineralization of water, etc.). Solution of corresponding inverse problems is carried out using effective optimization methods and methods of optimal control theory (adjoint method). Algorithms and software have been developed for numerical solution of forward and inverse problems.

A series of patents has been obtained for new methods of well testing and related technical solutions. Technologies are tested on a number of domestic deposits. Substantial results are obtained, new interesting effects are revealed.

Our presentation will highlight the main ideas, achieved results and accumulated experience, with an emphasis on the scientific component of topic considered.


S.N. Zakirov, E.S. Zakirov, I.M. Indrupsky, 
D.P. Anikeev, T.N. Tsagan-Mandjiev, M.N. Baganova, OGRI RAS


Ernest S. Zakirov


Professional Characteristic

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences E.S. Zakirov is a leading scientist in the field of modeling oil and gas fields development, development optimization of natural hydrocarbon deposits, history matching of 3D hydrodynamic models, specialized well testing, and an expert in domestic oil and gas projects.

E.S. Zakirov already has published over 225 scientific works, including 7 monographs and 1 book, possesses more than 40 patents for inventions, including international (USA). Prepared 5 candidates of sciences. He is also SPE member.



In 1991 he graduated cum laude from Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov.

In 1991-1994 years – post-graduate student of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov.

In 1997 he defended his candidate degree.

In 2001 he defended his doctoral dissertation.

In 2015, he was elected professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences by the Department of Earth Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


Professional activity

1994 to present time

Principal Researcher of the Gas-Oil-Condensate Recovery Laboratory of Oil and Gas Research Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Creates new and improves existing technologies for oil and gas fields development.

Along with fundamental research, he is engaged in designing and improving development of oil and gas fields, including Yaro-Yakhinskoye, Western Siberia (1997), Severo-Vasyuganskoye, Tomsk Region (1998), Talinskoe field, Western Siberia (2000), Pribrezhnoye field (2001), Prirazlomnoye, the Barents Sea (2002), the Novogodnee. West Siberia (2006).

Since 1991, he has been conducting joint scientific research with Statoil, Norsk Hydro, Verbundnetz Gas, YUKOS, SIDANKO, Lukoil, Rosneft, TNK-BP and other companies.

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