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In-Line Inspection Tools

Cylinder-shaped devices, fitted with electronic sensors, to identify pipeline wall weaknesses before they can cause a leak.

 

In-Situ

In-situ means ‘in its original place or in position’. In oil sands production, in-situ recovery refers to various methods used to recover deeply buried bitumen deposits. These methods include steam injection, solvent injection and recovery of cold heavy oil with sand and firefloods.

Infill Drilling

Wells drilled between established producing wells on a lease to increase production.

 

Infill Well

Any well that is drilled on a closer-than-normal well spacing pattern or requirement. Also, any well drilled between existing wells producing from the same reservoir.

 

Injection ( Oil and Gas )

An enhancement technique wherein water or other substances are injected into an oil field to improve production. Also, re-injecting natural gas into an oil field to maintain reservoir pressure.

Injection Well

A well used for injecting air, water, carbon dioxide, steam or fluids into a formation.

 

Inorganic Theory

A theory postulating that petroleum originated from hydrocarbons that were trapped inside the earth when the planet formed and, are slowly moving upwards.

 

Intervenor

A person, business entity or organization granted the right to participate in a regulatory hearing.