Oilfield Glossary
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steam trap

1. n. [Enhanced Oil Recovery]
A barrier or resistance to the flow of injected steam formed by a volume around a producing well in a steamflood that contains high oil and liquid water saturation. This is typically maintained by choking the production well to keep the surrounding formation just below saturated steam temperature and pressure conditions. It is used in the steam-assisted gravity-drainage process.
See: steamflood