Abha Dwivedy



Date of Graduation


Document Type

Problem/Project Report

Degree Type



Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Committee Chair

Kashy Aminian

Committee Co-Chair

Radhey Sharma

Committee Member

Sam Ameri

Committee Member

P.V. Vijay


With easy oil recovered all across the world, the oil fields are depleting and extraction of heavy oil is becoming more important. The exploration and drilling of new fields is expensive and time intensive. With most of the oil remaining is heavy and viscous; Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods are followed. Thermal EOR is the most widely used method in which steam injection is the most popular. Every year natural gas is burnt to produce steam and this amount is increasing as heavy oil reserves are developing all across the world. With increase in technological advancements and goal of reducing carbon emissions, solar energy is used to produce steam for the injection. This technology is called solar wells. The main objective is highlighting the cost of steam produced by natural gas and solar wells and finding investment, installation, operation and maintenance costs of these generators. Further, analyzing these costs, recommendations are made if new technology (solar wells) is worth the investment.