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ABSTRACT Thin oil rim reservoirs are reservoirs whose payzone is in the range of 15 50 ft depth.

. (compared to the average general reservoirs payzone thickness of .). These types of reservoirs, as they are so called are characterised by their thin payzones which imbue upon them certain production behaviour and challenges. They many times contain considerable amount of oil that can be recovered and are quite common in many oil regions throughout the world where they can occur in different configurations and often times exist with either an overlying gas cap and/or an underlying bottom water support. Production from these fields present some challenges as early water coning and gas breakthrough lead to uneconomic depletion. In some instances, for reservoirs possessing sizable gas caps overlying the oil rim, production may lead to oil migration into gas zone with the attendant loss to production due to saturation in the gas zone. Also sometimes, companies face government regulations that compel the production of the marginal oil ahead of huge gas reserves. The aim of this dissertation will be to identify and thereafter proffer reservoir-based solutions to some of the technical problems associated with thin oil rim reservoirs in order to produce these fields profitably. Approach to solving the question of water and gas coning in reservoirs in this research is largely by numerical simulations, using the Schlumberger Eclipse 100 black oil simulator. Attempts are also made in instances to correlate solutions with results from earlier derived correlations.