Tight gas is the term commonly used to refer to low permeability reservoirs that produce mainly dry natural gas. Many of the low permeability reservoirs that have been developed in the past are sandstone, but significant quantities of gas are also produced from low permeability carbonates, shales, and coal seams. Production of gas from coal seams is covered in a separate chapter in this handbook. In this chapter, production of gas from tight sandstones is the predominant theme. However, much of the same technology applies to tight carbonate and to gas shale reservoirs. Tight gas reservoirs have one thing in common--a vertical well drilled and completed in the tight gas reservoir must be successfully stimulated to produce at commercial gas flow rates and produce commercial gas volumes. Normally, a large hydraulic fracture treatment is required to produce gas economically.
Below is a list of basins and fields; however this is a short list since there are more than 65,000 oil and gas basins and fields of all sizes in the world. However, 94% of known oil fields is concentrated in fewer than 1500 giant and major fields. Most of the world's largest oilfields are located in the Middle East, but there are also supergiant ( 10 billion bbls) oilfields in India, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Add any basins or fields that are missing from this list!
Uncertainty range in production forecasting gives an introduction to uncertainty analysis in production forecasting, including a PRMS based definition of low, best and high production forecasts. This page topic builds on this with more details of how to approach uncertainty analysis as part of creating production forecasts. Probabilistic subsurface assessments are the norm within the exploration side of the oil and gas industry, both in majors and independents. However, in many companies, the production side is still in transition from single-valued deterministic assessments, sometimes carried out with ad-hoc sensitivity studies, to more-rigorous probabilistic assessments with an auditable trail of assumptions and a statistical underpinning. Reflecting these changes in practices and technology, recently SEC rules for reserves reporting (effective 1 January 2010) were revised, in line with PRMS, to allow for the use of both probabilistic and deterministic methods in addition to allowing reporting of reserves categories other than "proved." This section attempts to present some of the challenges facing probabilistic assessments and present some practical considerations to carry out the assessments effectively. It should be noted that for simplicity the examples referred to in this section are about calculating OOIP rather than generating probabilistic production forecasts directly. Clearly OOIP/GOIP is the starting point of any production forecast and gives a firm basis from which to build production forecasts.
Recently, global climate change and air quality have become increasingly important environmental concerns. Consequently, there has been a rise in collaborative international efforts to reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), occurring naturally and as the result of human activity. In addition, criteria pollutants (1970 amendments to the Clean Air Act required EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for certain pollutants known to be hazardous to human health) include emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and total unburned hydrocarbons. International and national governments are implementing more regulations on air emissions.
Recently, global climate change and air quality have become increasingly important environmental concerns. Consequently, there has been a rise in collaborative international efforts to reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), occuring naturally and as the result of human activity. Criteria pollutants include emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and total unburned hydrocarbons. International and national governments are implementing more regulations on air emissions.
Figure 1 shows the type of production response that is possible when applying a polymer gel treatment to a waterflood injection well to improve sweep efficiency. The figure shows the combined production-response of the four direct offsetting production wells to the gel-treated injection well. The gel treatment was applied for waterflood sweep-improvement purposes to the naturally fractured Embar carbonate formation surrounding Well O-7 of the highly mature SOB field in the Big Horn basin of Wyoming. The wide variations in water/oil ratio (WOR) and oil production rate are quite common in many of the well patterns of this highly fractured reservoir. Sydansk provides more details regarding the 20,000 bbl gel treatment.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) flooding is a process whereby carbon dioxide is injected into an oil reservoir in order to increase output when extracting oil. This project has been completed. It was thoroughly waterflooded before starting miscible injection. This sequence allows a straightforward evaluation of increased recovery because of miscible displacement. Figure 1 shows the oil-production rate for the end of the waterflood and the miscible flood.
Real reservoir fluids contain many more than two, three, or four components; therefore, phase-composition data can no longer be represented with two, three or four coordinates. Instead, phase diagrams that give more limited information are used. Figure 1 shows a pressure-temperature phase diagram for a multicomponent mixture; it gives the region of temperatures and pressures at which the mixture forms two phases. The analog of Figure 1 for a binary system can be obtained by taking a slice at constant mole fraction of Component 1 through the diagram in Figure 1. Also given are contours of liquid-volume fractions, which indicate the fraction of total sample volume occupied by the liquid phase; however, Figure 1 does not give any compositional information.
Phase behavior plays an important role in a variety of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes. In surfactant/polymer displacement processes, the effects of capillary forces are reduced by injection of surfactant solutions that contain molecules with oil- and water-soluble portions. Such molecules migrate to the oil/water interface and reduce the interfacial tension, thereby reducing the magnitude of the capillary forces that resist movement of trapped oil. In these ternary diagrams, the components shown are no longer true thermodynamic components because they are mixtures. A crude oil contains hundreds of components, and the brine and surfactant pseudocomponents also may be complex mixtures.
The number of components present in a system determines the maximum number of phases that can coexist at fixed temperature and pressure. For a single-component system, the maximum number of phases occurs when there are no constraints (Nc 0) and no degrees of freedom (F 0). Thus, the maximum number of possible phases is three. Therefore, if three phases coexist in equilibrium (possible only at the triple point), the pressure and temperature are fixed. If only two phases are present in a pure component system, then either the temperature or the pressure can be chosen.