The Potential for Surface Mining a Heavy-Oil Reservoir: The Example of the Ratqa Lower Fars in the State of Kuwait
- Hassan A. AlKaaoud (Kuwait Oil Company) | Bharat Singh (Kuwait Oil Company) | David Marston (Golder Associates) | James McQuaid (Golder Associates) | John Devon (Golder Associates) | Martin Preene (Golder Associates) | John Hornbrook (DeGolyer and MacNaughton) | Gary Pope (University of Texas at Austin)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
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- August 2018
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- Journal Paper
- 757 - 771
- 2018.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Kuwait, Ratqa Lower Fars Reservoir (RQLF), Heavy oil, Surface mining, Oil sands
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Surface mining of hydrocarbon deposits is not a new technique, but its application has been mainly limited to the excavation of oil sands in the Athabasca Basin of Alberta, Canada, where the mining method has proved to be commercially successful, although in a narrow set of geological and environmental conditions. This paper discusses the scope for a broader application of a surface-mining approach and builds on the results of a conceptual study that examined the possibility of surface mining the viscous crude oil of the Ratqa Lower Fars (RQLF) reservoir in northern Kuwait. The study findings indicate that a large rate of crude oil might be profitably and sustainably produced for many decades through a surface-mining approach.
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