JPT Estimation of Flow and Hysteresis Parameters Applicable to WAG Experiments

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Water-alternating-gas (WAG) injection has demonstrated encouraging results for improving oil recovery. However, numerical simulation of three-phase flow and the associated hysteresis effects are not well-understood. In the complete paper, a new assessment of the WAG-hysteresis model, which was developed originally for water-wet conditions, was carried out by automatic history matching of two coreflood experiments in water-wet and mixed-wet conditions. The results indicate that history matching the entire WAG experiment would lead to a significantly improved simulation outcome. Using an optimization software, the authors have carried out a series of history-matching exercises on coreflood experiments to evaluate the performance of the WAG-hysteresis model and to simulate WAG experiments conducted on mixed-wet and water-wet cores at near-miscible conditions.