Gravity drainage mechanism in naturally fractured carbonate reservoirs; review and application

Aljuboori, F.A. and Lee, J.H. and Elraies, K.A. and Stephen, K.D. (2019) Gravity drainage mechanism in naturally fractured carbonate reservoirs; review and application. Energies, 12 (19).

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Gravity drainage is one of the essential recovery mechanisms in naturally fractured reservoirs. Several mathematical formulas have been proposed to simulate the drainage process using the dual-porosity model. Nevertheless, they were varied in their abilities to capture the real saturation profiles and recovery speed in the reservoir. Therefore, understanding each mathematical model can help in deciding the best gravity model that suits each reservoir case. Real field data from a naturally fractured carbonate reservoir from the Middle East have used to examine the performance of various gravity equations. The reservoir represents a gas�oil system and has four decades of production history, which provided the required mean to evaluate the performance of each gravity model. The simulation outcomes demonstrated remarkable differences in the oil and gas saturation profile and in the oil recovery speed from the matrix blocks, which attributed to a different definition of the flow potential in the vertical direction. Moreover, a sensitivity study showed that some matrix parameters such as block height and vertical permeability exhibited a different behavior and effectiveness in each gravity model, which highlighted the associated uncertainty to the possible range that often used in the simulation. These parameters should be modelled accurately to avoid overestimation of the oil recovery from the matrix blocks, recovery speed, and to capture the advanced gas front in the oil zone. ©2019 by the authors.

Item Type:Article
Impact Factor:cited By 14
Uncontrolled Keywords:Carbonation; Matrix algebra; Petroleum reservoirs; Porosity; Recovery; Transfer functions, Dual porosity; Fractured carbonate reservoirs; Gravity drainage; History matching; Qamchuqa formations, Fracture
ID Code:24931
Deposited By: Ms Sharifah Fahimah Saiyed Yeop
Deposited On:27 Aug 2021 08:26
Last Modified:27 Aug 2021 08:26

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