Simulation of Residual Oil Saturation in Near-Miscible Gasflooding Through Saturation-Dependent Tuning of the Equilibrium Constants
- Leonardo Patacchini (Total) | Duchenne Sebastien (Total SA) | Marcel Bourgeois (Total SA) | Arthur Moncorge (Total SA) | Quentin Pallotta (Total SA)
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- SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
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- August 2015
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Conventional miscible or near-miscible gasflooding simulation often overestimates oil recovery, mostly because it does not capture a series of physical effects tending to limit interphase compositional exchanges. Those can include microscopic bypassing of oil situated in dead-end pores or blocked by water films, as well as macroscopic bypassing caused by subgrid-size heterogeneities or fingering. We here present a new engineering solution to this problem in the near-miscible case, relying on our in-house research reservoir simulator. The principle is, while using a black-oil or an equation-of-state description, to dynamically decrease the K-value of heavy components and possibly increase the K-value of light components as the oil saturation reaches the desired residual limit; this enables changing the phase boundaries when needed while preserving the original fluid behavior during the initial production stages. The benefits of the proposed solution are demonstrated on a reservoir-conditions tertiary-gas-injection experiment, performed in our laboratories, for which residual saturations as well as oil phase and individual-component production rates have easily and successfully been history matched. Results are then compared with matches obtained by use of saturation exclusion and x-factors methods. As a proof of concept, the suitability of the new method to simulate incomplete revaporization of condensate during gas cycling is also illustrated, on the third SPE comparative solution-project case.
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