Mathematical Workflow Incorporating PVT/Mass Transfer Rate Models for Subsurface Data Determination

Hon , Vai Yee and Zainal , suzalina and Jelani , Jamil and Mohd Saaid, Ismail (2008) Mathematical Workflow Incorporating PVT/Mass Transfer Rate Models for Subsurface Data Determination. In: 11th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery , 8-11 September 2008, Bergen, Norway,.

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Bottomhole data availability is important for managing reservoir and well deliverability. Adequate
knowledge on key well/reservoir parameters assists in both production planning and reserves recovery.
However, continuous data acquisition is often where we stumbled, due to a combination of economic,
operational/logistical constraints such as economically unjustifiable downhole monitoring devices, risk of
fishing/well downtime via well intervention measurement.
An alternative to direct bottomhole data acquisition through well intervention is to employ advanced PVT
model where surface data and established correlations are used to estimate these downhole data, with
reasonable accuracy. To enable an accurate downhole data determination, understanding of wellbore
dynamic behavior is crucial in shut-in well performance modeling. However, the major assumption in
current PVT equations is instantaneous transformation of one phase (gas) into another phase (oil). During
shut-in, this assumption leads to inaccuracy in gas/liquid distribution in the well and hence, an incorrect
prediction of interphase level, in-situ density and pressure distribution in the well. This inaccurate PVT
characteristic leads to unreliable estimated downhole data, particularly the reservoir pressure.
Our research aims to improve the current estimation method by incorporating the time dimension, mass
transfer rate, into well performance modeling. The strategy is to develop a novel PVT incorporating mass
transfer rate model by employing the basic model of black oil PVT, EoS and mass transfer rate equations.
A mathematical correlation which incorporates the time dimension as inherited in the mass transfer theory
is devised. Therefore, the model is able to determine an accurate volume of each fluid phase at any node in
the wellbore by incorporating the fluid segregation, mass transfer rate and fluid ingress in the reservoir
during shut-in. This better description of wellbore dynamic behavior improves the accuracy of well
performance modeling ensuring a reliable downhole data determination.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments / MOR / COE: Departments > Geoscience & Petroleum Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Ismail Mohd Saaid
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2011 06:49
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2017 01:57

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