Gas Injection EOR in Eagle Ford Shale Gas Condensate Reservoirs

Ganjdanesh, Reza (The University of Texas at Austin) | Yu, Wei (The University of Texas at Austin) | Fiallos, Mauricio Xavier (The University of Texas at Austin) | Kerr, Erich (EP Energy) | Sepehrnoori, Kamy (The University of Texas at Austin) | Ambrose, Raymond (EP Energy)



As the pressure drops below dew point in an unconventional gas-condensate reservoir, the liquid drops out of gas phase and forms an oil phase in matrix and fracture. The volume of oil phase formed in the matrix mostly stays below the residual oil saturation, i.e., the oil will be trapped in matrix permanently if enhanced oil recovery techniques are not applied. The gas huff-n-puff process has been performed and shown the potential of improving the recovery from tight oil reservoirs. The objective of the study was to investigate the feasibility of huff-n-puff EOR in a gas condensate reservoir. The studied section of the field contains 13 horizontal producers. The wells have been producing for 4 to 8 years and the oil production rate of each well declined below 10 barrels per day.

Compositional reservoir simulation was used to predict the performance of enhanced oil recovery. A sector model was built for the area selected as the prospective candidate for gas injection. The embedded discrete fracture model (EDFM) was used for modeling the fractures, improving the CPU time by an order of magnitude compared to the local grid refinement method. A Peng-Robinson equation-of-state model was prepared based on the early produced samples from the wells. The only available gas for injection was the produced gas from the surrounding producers. A thorough phase behavior analysis was conducted to understand the miscibility of the injected gas and the in-situ fluid.

The well interference through fracture hits plays an important role in the studied reservoir. The image logs from the surrounding wells show the abundance and extent of the long fractures connecting multiple producers. The long fractures can impede the pressure buildup during gas injection and hamper the gas huff-n-puff performance. Several long fractures were added to the reservoir model to capture the characteristics of well interference.