PDVSA's light oilfields in Lake Maracaibo have been onder exploitation for more than foor decades. To date, the expected recovery factor is only 29% of the OOIP. As these resources approach maturity, it has been realized that improving recovery will demand the earliest use of many technologies, proven and new, in an integrated manher and tailored to solve specific regional problems. The Integrated Field Laboratory (IFL) philosophy is one of PDVSA's main technology strategies designed to accomplish these goals. Three Field Laboratories are being developed in the Maracaibo Lake Basin: one for heavy oils and two for light oils: shallow and deep reservoirs.


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