Oil production decline and excessive water production are prevalent in mature fields and unconventional plays, which significantly impact the profitability of the wells and result in costly water treatment and disposal. To seek for a sustainable development of those wells, reducing the operation cost and extending their economic lives, this paper presents a method of synergistic production of hydrocarbon and electricity, which could harvest the unexploited geothermal energy from the produced water and transfer heat to electricity in the wellbore. Such method is cost-effective, since it does not require any surface power plant facility, and it is replicable in numerous wells including both vertical wells and horizontal wells. By simultaneous coproduction of oil and electricity, the value of existing assets could be fully developed, operation cost could be offset, and the economic life of the well could be extended.
This recently proposed method incorporated thermoelectric power generation technology and oil production. In this method, electricity could be produced by thermoelectric generator (TEG) mounted outside of the tubing wall under temperature gradient created by produced fluid and injected fluids. The aim of this paper is to illustrate the economic practicability of oil-electricity coproduction by using thermoelectric technology in oil wells based on previously proposed design. We examined the technical data of high water-cut oil wells in North Dakota and collected required information with respect to performance thermoelectric power generations. Special emphasis was placed on the key parameters related to project economics, such as thermoelectric material, length of TEG and injection rate. Sensitive studies were carried out to characterize the impact of the key parameters on project profits. We showed that by simultaneously production of oil and electricity, $234,480 of additional value could be generated without interfering with oil production.
The proposed method capitalizes on the unexploited value of produced water and generates additional benefits. This study could provide a workflow for oil and gas operators to evaluate an oil-electricity coproduction project and could act as a guidance to perform and commercialize such project to balance parts of the operation cost and extend the life of the existing assets.
The objectives of the present study are to evaluate a zwitterionic surfactant for applicability in EOR. The surfactant was tested in terms of its salt tolerance, thermal stability, interfacial reduction capability, wettability alteration and resistance to adsorption. The effect of salinity and alkalinity was also tested on the above stated physico-chemical properties of the surfactant.
The salt tolerance of the surfactant was tested by testing for precipitation of surfactant solution with increasing salinity at 30 °C and 80 °C. The thermal stability of the surfactant was tested by TGA testing. The interfacial tension of the crude oil and surfactant solution with varying surfactant concentration, salinity and alkalinity was tested by spinning drop technique. The wettability alteration by surfactant solution was tested by measuring contact angle on an oil wet sample. The adsorption study was done by measuring the concentration of surfactant after its solution was exposed to adsorption on crushed rock sample.
The surfactant had salt tolerance of 20% salinity. The surfactant was found stable to 130 °C as per TGA curve. The interfacial tension (IFT) was reduced to ultralow value by surfactant solution for concentration at and above its critical micelle concentration. The presence of salt had minimal effect on the IFT reduction capability of the surfactant solution. Presence of alkali had synergetic effect on IFT reduction. The wettability of the oil wet sample was altered to preferentially water wet by surfactant. The loss of surfactant due to adsorption was found to be within recommenced range for applicability in EOR. These excellent physico-chemical properties of the zwitterionic surfactant suggest that it can be used in the mature oil fields for recovery of trapped oil.
Identification of a prospect is normally done based on seismic interpretation and geological understanding of the area. However, due to the inherent uncertainties of the data we still observe in many cases that all key petroleum system elements are present, but still the drilled prospect is dry. Such failures are mostly attributed to a lack of understanding of seal capacity, reservoir heterogeneity, source rock presence and maturation, hydrocarbon migration, and relative timing of these processes. The workflow described in this paper aims to improve discovery success rates by deploying a more rigorous and structured approach. It is guided by the play-based exploration risk assessment process. The starting point is always that the process is guided by the the basic understanding of a mature kitchen should always be based on a regional scale petroleum systems model. However, while evaluating prospects, the migration and entrapment component of a prospect should always be investigated by means of a locally refined grid-based petroleum system model. The uniquepart of this approach is the construction of a high-resolution static model covering the prospects, which is built by using available well data, seismo-geological trends and attributes to capture reservoir potential. Additional inputs such as fault seal analysis also helps to understand prospect scale migration and associated geological risks. In the regional play and local prospect-scale petroleum system models, geological and geophysical inputs are utilized to create the uncertainty distribution for each input parameter which is required for assessing the success case volume of identified prospects. The evaluated risk is combined with the volumetric uncertainty in a probabilistic way to derive the risked volumetrics. It is further translated into an economic evaluation of the prospect by integrating inputs like estimated production profiles, appropriate fiscal models, HC price decks, etc. This enables the economic viability of the prospects to be assessed, resulting in a portfolio with proper ranking to build a decision-tree leading to execution and operations in ensuing drilling campaigns.
Grover, Kavish (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Limited) | Kolay, Jayabrata (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Limited) | Kumar, Ritesh (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Limited) | Ghosh, Priyam (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Limited) | Shekhar, Sunit (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Limited) | Agrawal, Nitesh (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Limited) | Das, Joyjit (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Limited)
For any typical water flood or polymer flood management, maintaining optimum Voidage Replacement Ratio (VRR) is most crucial for optimizing reservoir performance. In a typical patternflood, a single injector supports many nearby producers, determining its contribution to particular producer is subjective and has inherent uncertainties. To avoid these uncertainties in allocation factor, a novel approach using simulation model based voidage compensation on pattern by pattern basis has been proposed in this paper.
History matched simulation model, which has been sectored into 5-spot producer centric patterns, forms the basis of this study. Voidage replacements are analyzed on these producer centric 5-spot patterns. Sectoral voidage created is determined using change in hydrocarbon pore volume (HCPV), water pore volume (WPV) and production from the sector. Sectoral Voidage Compensation Ratio (or Pseudo VRR) thus calculated is representative of the net change due to injection and production. The advantage is that it does not require any numerical allocation factor, rather is based on fluid movements within a pattern as predicted by the simulation model. This method thus provides a new approach to analyze pattern performance.
Along with VRR, pattern wise recovery and interwell channeling/cycling are the key parameters for any water flood performance analysis. A workflow has been proposed to rank the patterns based on these parameters and categorizing them into problem buckets. Actions corresponding to each bucket have been proposed. This forms the basis of strategizing improvements in well-by-well and pattern-by-pattern performance for optimizing field performance.
Wu, Xiaye (The University of Oklahoma) | Han, Lihong (Tubular Goods Research Institute of CNPC) | Yang, Shangyu (Tubular Goods Research Institute of CNPC) | Yin, Fei (Chengdu University of Technology) | Teodoriu, Catalin (The University of Oklahoma) | Wu, Xingru (The University of Oklahoma)
Due to the layered texture and sedimentation environment, shale formations usually characterized as high heterogeneity and anisotropy in in-situ stresses. During the hydraulic fracturing process, fracturing fluid is injected at a pressure above the formation pressure. This injection process changes the local in-situ stresses in a quick and significant manner while generating fracture systems. In the regions of existing geo-features such as natural fractures and faults, local stress changes could lead to the activation of formation movement, which in return impacts the casing going through the locale. Casing deformations during hydraulic fracturing have been observed in Southwest China Sichuan basin, and it have impeded completion operations in certain regions. In order to ensure further exploring, we analyszed this phenomenon and propose practical solutions for fault reactivation prevention.
To study the mechanism of local slippage and the impact on casing integrity, we set up a 2D finite element model with considerations of in-situ stresses acquired from fields, natural fracture orientation from available seismic data, and we simulated water injection process in order to quantify potential slippage and displacement. The finite element model features an integration of casing, cementing, and formation under the hydraulic fracturing conditions. For particular parameters such as permeability and leak-off coefficeint, we conducted sensitivity studies to quantify their impacts on displacement amount.
The theoretical geomechanics studies indicate water induced slippage existence in shale due to its fracture reactivation. Using the finite element model, this paper interpreted and quantified the impact of fracturing fluid injection on casing from strike-slip fault regiems. Simulation results revealed that water injection into natural fractured shale formation can induce finite displacement characterized as fault slippage along discontinues surfaces. This study could help engineers to have a better prediction as how hydraulic fracture intereact with subsurface structures and potential risks that comes along with it. This type of casing damage can be reduced by improving well trajectory design, completion operation, and higher strength level of casing-cement system.
The findings from this study not only can be applied to naturally fractured formations, but also to other pre-existing geo-features such as discountinues surfaces. It also provides fundamental basis for more practical solution to find the measures and overcome the casing deformation problems in hydraulic fracturing.
Sun, Zheng (MOE Key Laboratory of Petroleum Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Engineering, China University of Petroleum (Beijing)) | Shi, Juntai (MOE Key Laboratory of Petroleum Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Engineering, China University of Petroleum (Beijing)) | Wu, Keliu (MOE Key Laboratory of Petroleum Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Engineering, China University of Petroleum (Beijing)) | Zhang, Tao (MOE Key Laboratory of Petroleum Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Engineering, China University of Petroleum (Beijing)) | Feng, Dong (MOE Key Laboratory of Petroleum Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Engineering, China University of Petroleum (Beijing)) | Li, Xiangfang (MOE Key Laboratory of Petroleum Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Engineering, China University of Petroleum (Beijing))
Low-permeability coalbed-methane (CBM) reservoirs possess unique pressure-propagation behavior, which can be classified further as the expansion characteristics of the drainage area and the desorption area [i.e., a formation in which the pressure is lower than the initial formation pressure and critical-desorption pressure (CDP), respectively]. Inevitably, several fluid-flow mechanisms will coexist in realistic coal seams at a certain production time, which is closely related to dynamic pressure and saturation distribution. To the best of our knowledge, a production-prediction model for CBM wells considering pressure-propagation behavior is still lacking. The objective of this work is to perform extensive investigations into the effect of pressure-propagation behavior on the gas-production performance of CBM wells. First, the pressure-squared approach is used to describe the pressure profile in the desorption area, which has been clarified as an effective-approximation method. Also, the pressure/saturation relationship that was developed in our previous research is used; therefore, saturation distribution can be obtained. Second, an efficient iteration algorithm is established to predict gas-production performance by combining a new gas-phase-productivity equation and a material-balance equation. Finally, using the proposed prediction model, we shed light on the optimization method for production strategy regarding the entire production life of CBM wells. Results show that the decrease rate of bottomhole pressure (BHP) should be slow at the water single-phase-flow stage, fast at the early gas/water two-phase-flow stage, and slow at the late gas/water two-phase-flow stage, which is referred to as the slow/fast/slow (SFS) control method. Remarkably, in the SFS control method, the decrease rate of the BHP at each period can be quantified on the basis of the proposed prediction model. To examine the applicability of the proposed SFS method, it is applied to an actual CBM well in Hancheng Field, China, and it enhances the cumulative gas production by a factor of approximately 1.65.
It has been demonstrated in both laboratory measurements and field applications that tertiary polymer flooding can enhance oil recovery from heterogeneous reservoirs, primarily through macroscopic sweep (conformance). This study quantifies the effect of layering on tertiary polymer flooding as a function of layer-permeability contrast, the timing of polymer flooding, the oil/water-viscosity ratio, and the oil/polymer-viscosity ratio. This is achieved by analyzing the results from fine-grid numerical simulations of waterflooding and tertiary polymer flooding in simple layered models.
We find that there is a permeability contrast between the layers of the reservoir at which maximum incremental oil recovery is obtained, and this permeability contrast depends on the oil/water-viscosity ratio, polymer/water-viscosity ratio, and onset time for the polymer flood. Building on an earlier formulation that describes whether a displacement is understable or overstable, we present a linear correlation to estimate this permeability contrast. The accuracy of the newly proposed formulation is demonstrated by reproducing and predicting the permeability contrast from existing flow simulations and further flow simulations that have not been used to formulate the correlation.
This correlation will enable reservoir engineers to estimate the combination of permeability contrast, water/oil-viscosity ratio, and polymer/water-viscosity ratio that will give the maximum incremental oil recovery from tertiary polymer flooding in layered reservoirs regardless of the timing of the start of polymer flooding. This could be a useful screening tool to use before starting a full-scale simulation study of polymer flooding in each reservoir.
A challenge in oil-reservoir studies is evaluating the ability of geomechanical, statistical, and geophysical methods to predict discrete geological features. This problem arises frequently with fracture corridors, which are discrete, tabular subvertical fracture clusters. Fracture corridors can be inferred from well data such as horizontal-borehole-image logs. Unfortunately, well data, and especially borehole image logs, are sparse, and predictive methods are needed to fill in the gap between wells. One way to evaluate such methods is to compare predicted and inferred fracture corridors statistically, using chi-squared and contingency tables.
In this article, we propose a modified contingency table to validate fracture-corridor-prediction techniques. We introduce two important modifications to capture special aspects of fracture corridors. The first modification is the incorporation of exclusion zones where no fracture corridors can exist, and the second modification is taking into consideration the fuzzy nature of fracture-corridor indicators from wells such as circulation losses. An indicator is fuzzy when it has more than one possible interpretation. The reliability of an indicator is the probability that it correctly suggests a fracture corridor. The indicators with reliability of unity are hard indicators, and “soft” and “fuzzy” indicators are those with reliability that is less than unity.
A structural grid is overlaid on the reservoir top in an oil field. Each cell of the grid is examined for the presence and reliability of inferred fracture corridors and exclusion zones and the confidence level of predicted fracture corridors. The results are summarized in a contingency table and are used to calculate chi-squared and conditional probability of having an actual fracture corridor given a predicted fracture corridor.
Three actual case studies are included to demonstrate how single or joint predictive methods can be statistically evaluated and how conditional probabilities are calculated using the modified contingency tables. The first example tests seismic faults as indicators of fracture corridors. The other examples test fracture corridors predicted by a simple geomechanical method.
Chemical EOR is an increasingly employed approach used to enhance oil recovery by combining changes in fluids mobility, macroscopic sweep, interfacial tension, etc. to essentially improve, or extend the economic life of a water flood. It includes flooding with polymer, surfactant, alkaline/surfactant, alkaline-surfactant-polymer (ASP), CO2 and / or other miscible gases which is often combined with waterflood (
The paper evaluates the main chemical changes that occur in the system for each EOR approach –– and shows how these changes, including in situ reservoir reactions and the stability/instability of the EOR packages themselves can exacerbate a range of PC-related challenges especially when considering the likely production of up to three different fluids: formation water, the EOR flood medium and any previous flood water from previous secondary recovery
The paper includes modelling results, laboratory results to validate model predictions as well as examples from field case studies to illustrate the impact of the chemical changes referred to above. Specific highlights include the impact of the use of either high- or low-pH EOR fluids on scale control, corrosion control and asphaltenes control; for scale it examines both inhibitor performance
The overall conclusion is that chemical EOR can have significant impact on PC and that these should not just be considered at the design stage and not just for the injection system but also to take into account the impact these may have on production wells following breakthrough of flood waters, showing that essentially each new or exacerbated PC issues can be predicted or at least anticipated with the required degree of confidence before implementation of EOR.
Li, Wai (The University of Western Australia) | Liu, Jishan (The University of Western Australia) | Zhao, Xionghu (China University of Petroleum Beijing) | Jiang, Jiwei (China University of Petroleum Beijing) | Peng, Hui (Beijing Oilchemleader Science & Technology Development Co., Ltd.) | Zhang, Min (Shengli Oilfield Exploration and Development Research Institute) | He, Tao (GWDC Drilling Fluid Company, PETROCHINA) | Liu, Guannan (China University of Mining and Technology) | Shen, Peiyuan (The University of Western Australia)
Biodiesel-based drilling fluid (BBDF) draws considerable attention because biodiesel has excellent environmental acceptability and great potential to provide high drilling performance. There are some investigations reported about BBDF both in laboratory and in the field recently, demonstrating its feasibility. In contrast to traditional petrodiesel and mineral oil, biodiesel has some chemical activity which affects the reliability of BBDF in drilling environment. This paper details the principles and strategies for developing and selecting additives of BBDF. A variety of experimental results obtained by laboratory tests were presented to elucidate the importance of suitable additives for an eligible BBDF. Electrical stability test and centrifuge test were conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of emulsifier. A six-speed viscometer and a high-pressure-high-temperature (HPHT) rheometer were used to measure the parameters of BBDF to evaluate organophilic clays and rheological modifiers. Density test was performed to investigate the suspendability of the fluids. Hot rolling treatment was carried out to study the thermal tolerance of the fluids. The laboratory results and the literature showed that both lime content and calcium chloride concentration have significant effects on the stability and rheological parameters of BBDF. Even moderate amount of lime in BBDF will significantly decrease the stability of BBDF. The effect of calcium chloride concentration on BBDF varies according to the type of emulsifier. A compound emulsifier based on fatty alkanolamides and alkyl sulfonates exhibits reliable ability to prepare stable, thermal-tolerate invert biodiesel emulsion. It offers biodiesel emulsion reduced viscosity compared to those given by traditional Span/Tween emulsifier combinations. For another, commercial organophilic clays cannot give satisfactory rheological parameters because the viscosity-temperature profile of BBDF is often steeper than those of traditional oil based drilling fluids (OBDFs). Therefore, rheological modifier should be used to compensate the viscosity loss of BBDF under high-temperature conditions. A condensate of alkoxylated fatty amine and polycarboxylic acid showed good performance to provide a relatively flat rheological profile. Some empirical laws, principles and strategies are summarized for BBDF additive selection. One is that the combinations of non-ionic and anionic emulsifiers have better effectiveness for biodiesel. The other conclusion is that lime content must be strictly controlled. With the boom of the biodiesel industry, it is predicted BBDF will take a place in the family of drilling fluid. However, most previous works show that BBDF may be not satisfactory when the temperature is over 120 Celsius degrees. This work presents valuable experience for further improvement of this promising drilling fluid.