Sole thermal or solvent methods for heavy-oil recovery are not effective enough to deliver cost efficient processes. Hybrid applications of those two techniques have been proposed to take advantage of each and a wide range of investigations have been recently performed focusing on extreme conditions such as bitumen containing sands and carbonates, deep reservoirs, and oil-wet fractured carbonates. What is critically important in these applications is to determine the best performing solvent for a particular application and optimal application conditions for a given solvent at high temperature conditions. In this study, the results from various reported works on the hybrid applications of thermal (mainly steam) and solvent methods were complied, analyzed, and compared. Attention was given to a comparative analysis of steam-over-solvent injection in fractured reservoirs (SOS-FR) method. Steam/solvent methods show a promising outcome in general, while specific modifications must be taken into account for different application situations. These were discussed and specified, especially from proper solvent type and optimal application conditions for alternate injection of steam and solvent in different reservoir types.

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