ExxonMobil signed a sales and purchase agreement with Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group for LNG supply. Zhejiang Energy is expected to receive 1 mtpa over 20 years. Coal remains the biggest challenge to LNG in Asia. The move comes weeks after Gazprom announced a final development concept for the project. Other projects Shell is developing with Gazprom, including the Sakhalin 2 export facility, will not be impacted by the decision.
There are currently two types of relative permeability models that are used to model gas production from hydrate-bearing sediments: fully empirical parameter-fitting models [such as the University of Tokyo model (Masuda et al. 1997) and the Brooks and Corey model (Brooks and Corey 1964)] and partially empirical models [such as the Kozeny and Carman model (Wyllie and Gardner 1958) and capillary-tube-based models that assume only a single phase]. This study proposes an analytical model to estimate relative permeability of gas and water in a hydrate-bearing porous medium without curve fitting or use of any empirical parameters. The model is derived by conserving the momentum balance with the steady-state form of the Navier-Stokes equation for gas/water flow in a hydrate-bearing porous medium. The model is validated against a number of laboratory studies and is shown to perform better than most empirical models over a full range of experimental data. The proposed model is an analytical function of rock properties (average pore size and shape, porosity, irreducible water saturation, and saturation of hydrate), fluid properties (gas/water saturations and viscosities), and the hydrate-growth pattern [pore filling (PF), wall coating (WC), and a combination of PF and WC]. The benefits of the proposed model include sensitivity analysis of relevant physical parameters on relative permeability and estimation of rock parameters (such as porosity, pore size, and residual water saturation) using inverse modeling. The model can also be used to estimate two-phase permeability in a permeable medium without hydrates.
The proposed model was used to analyze the effects of pore shapes, the hydrate-growth pattern, variable gas saturation, and wettability on relative permeability. The sensitivity results produced by the proposed model were verified using observations from other studies that investigated similar problems using either experiments or computationally expensive pore-scale simulations.
Yoneda, Jun (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) | Takiguchi, Akira (West Japan Engineering Consultants) | Ishibashi, Toshimasa (West Japan Engineering Consultants) | Yasui, Aya (West Japan Engineering Consultants) | Mori, Jiro (West Japan Engineering Consultants) | Kakumoto, Masayo (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) | Aoki, Kazuo (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) | Tenma, Norio (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
During gas production from offshore gas-HBS, there are concerns regarding the settlement of the seabed and the possibility that frictional stress will develop along the production casing. This frictional stress is caused by a change in the effective stress induced by water movement caused by depressurization and dissociation of hydrate as well as gas generation and thermal changes, all of which are interconnected. The authors have developed a multiphase-coupled simulator by use of a finite-element method named COTHMA. Stresses and deformation caused by gas-hydrate production near the production well and deep seabed were predicted using a multiphase simulator coupled with geomechanics for the offshore gas-hydrate-production test in the eastern Nankai Trough. Distributions of hydrate saturation, gas saturation, water pressure, gas pressure, temperature, and stresses were predicted by the simulator. As a result, the dissociation of gas hydrate was predicted within a range of approximately 10 m, but mechanical deformation occurred in a much wider area. The stress localization initially occurred in a sand layer with low hydrate saturation, and compression behavior appeared. Tensile stress was generated in and around the casing shoe as it was pulled vertically downward caused by compaction of the formation. As a result, the possibility of extensive failure of the gravel pack of the well completion was demonstrated. In addition, in a specific layer, where a pressure reduction progressed in the production interval, the compressive force related to frictional stress from the formation increased, and the gravel layer became thin. Settlement of the seafloor caused by depressurization for 6 days was within a few centimeters and an approximate 30 cm for 1 year of continued production.
Investigation of the effectiveness of matrix stimulation treatments for removing drilling induced damage in Akita region in northern Japan is of interest due to the presence of large quantities of acid-sensitive minerals, such as analcime. Feasibility study of the sub-commercial field redevelopment in the Kita-Akita oil field, one of the satellite fields of main Yabase oil fields, which produced from 1957 to 1973, and were plugged and abandoned, were conducted. As a part of the studies, matrix acidizing laboratory experiments were performed. Conventional mud acids and formic-based organic mud acid systems cause significant permeability damage due to instability of analcime in these acids. This study focuses on the development of a treatment fluid that removes drilling-induced damage and is also compatible with the formation.
Petrology studies and core flow tests were used in conjunction with geochemical modeling to achieve this objective. A petrographic analysis on the untreated cores showed abundant tuffaceous pore-filling mineral phases, ranging from 12 to 20% in volume. Smectite clay and microcrystalline quartz are the major constituents as alteration products of volcanic glass. Analcime was present in significant quantities in all samples tested.
Six core flow tests were performed on formation cores to optimize the acid preflush and main acid stage. Permeability change due to the treatment fluids was recorded for the tests. Chemical analysis of the effluent was performed on three core flow tests. Core samples before and after acidization were characterized based on thin section, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy(SEM) and mineral mapping.
Core flow tests with a conventional retarded organic mud acid resulted in only a 75% retained permeability. The permeability damage by the retarded organic mud acid was surprising because it usually performs well in acid-sensitive formations. A chelant based retarded mud acid was tested next and resulted in minor formation damage. It can potentially be used in a field treatment as its high dissolving power is expected to more than compensate for the damage. The highest retained permeability was obtained with an acetic-HF acid system. It was successfully able to remove drilling-induced damage and was also compatible with the native mineralogy. Core flow tests were used to calibrate permeability-porosity relationship used in the geochemical simulator. The geochemical simulator was then used to predict field-level acid response.
The analytic methods presented are general enough to be of interest to sandstone acidizing studies where detailed analysis is needed for damage identification and removal. The fluids developed for this formation area good candidates for other formations where conventional acid systems have not performed well. This study also highlights close collaboration between an operator and service company to find a workable solution to a challenging stimulation requirement.
In order to sail 470 faster, authors consider the sailing performance of 470 from the various measured data and the simulated results of VPP (Velocity Prediction Program). This is a summary of TOBE-470 presented by the author.
The 470 (Four-Seventy) was designed in 1963 by the Frenchman Andre Cornu as a double-handed mono-hull planing dinghy. The name comes from the overall length of the boat in centimeters (470cm). The 470 is a World Sailing International Class has been an Olympic class since the 1976 games. In Japan, the 470 is used in university championships and in National Athletic meets. So, it is in the most popular dinghy race in Japan. An ideal crew weight of skipper and crew is 130kg, it is suitable for Japanese who are smaller than Europeans and Americans. This paper progresses the science of the sailing performance of the 470 with respect to aspects such as hull performance, sail performance, steady sailing performance and maneuvering performance.
Tokyo Gas received its first cargo produced at Dominion’s Cove Point LNG terminal in May 2018 via the LNG Sakura. Japan is bringing its nuclear reactors back on line following the suspension of operations at all reactors after the 2011 Fukushima accident. As the reactors return to full operation, the increase in nuclear generation is likely to displace generation from fossil sources, in particular natural gas. Because Japan imports all of its natural gas in the form of LNG, increased nuclear power production is likely to reduce Japanese imports of LNG in the electric power sector by as much as 10% in 2019. Japan suspended operations at all nuclear reactors for mandatory safety inspections and upgrades, leaving the country with no nuclear generation from September 2013 to August 2015.
Morita, Hiromitsu (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)) | Muraoka, Michihiro (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)) | Yamamoto, Yoshitaka (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))
This paper measures the thermophysical properties of natural methane hydrate (MH)-bearing sediments recovered from the Nankai Trough, Japan. The thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and specific heat of the sample under vertical stress (VS) loading were measured by the hot-disk transient method. The thermal conductivity of the sediments increased with increasing VS. The specific heat and thermal diffusivity have a constant value independent of VS. After MH dissociation, the thermal conductivity and the specific heat dropped significantly, and the thermal diffusivity was increased. In addition, the thermal conductivity, specific heat, and thermal diffusivity were calculated by an estimation model.
Methane hydrate (MH) is expected to be developed as an unconventional natural gas source, replacing existing fossil fuels. MH is a crystalline solid in which cages of hydrogen-bonded water molecules enclose the methane gas molecules. MH is stable in a high-pressure/low-temperature environment. A large amount of MH is known to exist in permafrost on land and in sedimentary layers beneath the seabed (Sloan and Koh, 2007).
The collected seismic data for oil and gas exploration show a wide distribution of bottom-simulating reflections (BSRs) under the seafloor in the Nankai Trough region near the Japan Sea coast. BSRs indicate the lower limit of gas hydrate stability zone in a vertical profile. In 1999, the first Nankai Trough methane hydrate exploration well was drilled. In early 2004, the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry drilled a multiwell from Tokaioki to Kumano-nada (Tsuji et al., 2009). The core was recovered using a pressure-temperature core sampler, which maintained the in-situ condition of 16 excavation sites at water depths ranging from 720 to 2,030 m in the same year. Recovered core analysis confirmed that the MH-bearing sediments in the Nankai Trough area are pore-filling-type hydrates (Fujii, Nakamizu, et al., 2009; Fujii, Saeki, et al., 2009).
Shibayama, Atsushi (Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry) | Miyagawa, Yoshinori (Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry) | Kihara, Naoto (Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry) | Kaida, Hideki (Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry)
The damages of the gigantic tsunami that followed the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake were confirmed on reinforced concrete (RC) structures (Nandasena et al., 2012). Moreover, the damages caused by the tsunami debris collision were confirmed in addition to the damages caused by only the tsunami. Therefore, it is important to clarify the response characteristics of the structure subjected to the tsunami wave force and collision force, and to establish a response evaluation method by numerical analysis. However, the response characteristics of RC structures subjected to two external forces with significantly different timings of actions--namely, wave pressure and collision forces--have not been clarified. Furthermore, to assess the responses of RC structures using numerical analysis, the two different types of superimposing external forces must be considered. However, the applicability of numerical analysis under such external force conditions has not been sufficiently verified. In this research, a large-scale debris collision experiment was first conducted to experimentally investigate the response of an RC vertical wall subjected to the wave pressure and debris collision forces. Next, a reproducibility analysis of the experiment was performed with nonlinear finite element analysis to examine the adaptability of the finite element analysis.
Anadarko announced a pair of sign and purchase agreements (SPA) on the Mozambique LNG project that is gradually moving toward sanction. Mozambique LNG1, the sales entity jointly owned by Anadarko and other co-venturers in Mozambique Offshore Area 1, signed SPAs with Shell and Tokyo Gas and Centrica. Shell’s deal will call for 2 mtpa over a 13-year period, while the Tokyo Gas deal calls for 2.6 mtpa from production startup until the early 2040s. Anadarko is developing Mozambique’s first onshore LNG plant, which will consist of two initial LNG trains with a total nameplate capacity of 12.88 mtpa, to support the development of the Golfinho/Atum field located entirely within Offshore Area 1. The Tokyo deal is the second supply deal announced with a major Asian buyer in the last week.
Takabayashi, Katsumo (INPEX) | Shibayama, Akira (INPEX) | Yamada, Tatsuya (ADNOC Offshore) | Kai, Hiroki (INPEX) | Al Hamami, Mohamed Tariq (ADNOC Offshore) | Al Jasmi, Sami (ADNOC Offshore) | Al Rougha, Hamad Bu (ADNOC Offshore) | Yonebayashi, Hideharu (INPEX)
This study aims to improve asphaltene-risk evaluation using long-term data. Temporal changes in asphaltene risks with gas injection were evaluated. In reservoirs under gas injection, the in-situ fluid component gradually changes by multiple contact with the injected gas. Those compositional changes affect asphaltene stability, causing difficulty in risk prediction using asphaltene models. This study aims to reduce the risk uncertainty depending on operational-condition changes.
Periodic upgrading of asphaltene models is essential for understanding the time-dependent changes of asphaltene risks. In a previous study, the asphaltene risk was evaluated for an offshore oil field in 2008 using the cubic-plus-association equation-of-state (EOS) models and using all the available data at the time. Additional experimental data were subsequently collected for a gas-injection plan. An additional study was performed that incorporated and compared the data sets.
According to the previous study recommendation, additional asphaltene laboratory studies were conducted using the newly collected samples. All the asphaltene-onset pressures (AOPs) detected in the new samples were higher than those found in the previous study. A large difference was observed between the past and recent AOPs in the lower reservoir even though the samples were collected from the same well. The asphaltene-precipitation risk increases considerably because the new study detected AOP at the reservoir temperature, whereas no AOPs were detected in the previous study. The difference may be attributed to saturation-pressure increase. Next, the numerical asphaltene models were revised; the re-evaluated asphaltene-risk estimations were higher in the lower reservoir and slightly higher in the upper reservoir than the past ones. The reference sample fluids were collected from two different wells with different asphaltene and methane (C1) contents. The reliability of the new asphaltene laboratory results was increased by applying multiple data interpretation. Thus, the difference between the past and recent results can be attributed to fluid alteration with time. On the basis of the analysis in this study, the risk rating was updated to slightly higher than in the previous evaluation, emphasizing the importance of regular monitoring of asphaltene risks.
This study provides valuable findings of time-lapse evaluation of asphaltene-precipitation risks for a reservoir under gas injection. The evaluations currently conducted in the industry are snapshots of instantaneous risks. Through the entire field life, the risks have varied depending on the operating conditions. This study demonstrates that risk estimates can change in a unique field with identical work flow by analyzing data collected at different times. Finally, this study demonstrates the importance of time-dependent reservoir-fluid properties.