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Keys to Heavy Oil: Characterizing Fluids and the Reservoir

Success with heavy oil depends as much on understanding the fluid properties of the reservoir as it does on knowing the geology of the reservoir itself. The reason is that the chemical differences between heavy oil and conventional oil ultimately affect their viscosity. Viscosity, in turn, influences every other aspect of a heavy oil development. Technology that was developed for conventional plays does not address the issues of producing heavy oil. Viscosity is the key.

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