After years of development, qualification and engineering, subsea compression technology is now a proven solution to increase the recovery factor for offshore gas developments. The first subsea compression system was installed at the Aasgard field in the Norwegian Sea, which was started up successfully on the 17th. of September 2015. This project represents an important milestone for the oil and gas industry, as apart from representing the successful developments of new subsea processing technologies, subsea compression also proves itself a viable alternative field development option to oil and gas operators.
The experience from Aasgard enables tomorrow’s subsea compression solutions. The basis is increased field recovery by subsea compression. In addition it opens for wells stream and deep water applications, as well as CO2 EOR.
This paper aims to share Aker Solutions’ experience on Aasgard Subsea Compression project, from the design and the project execution phases up to the operational phase, highlighting the key learnings from more than 50 000 hours of successful subsea operation.
In addition, the paper will also describe the ongoing development activities to optimize the compression system delivered for Aasgard, with particular focus on increased field recovery and unit size and weight optimization without requiring qualification activities of new technologies. This new generation of subsea compression system will extend the applicability of this technology to a much wider range of fields and offshore regions.
US unconventional resource production has developed tremendously in the past decade. Currently, the unconventional operators are trying many strategies such as refracturing, infill drillings and well spacing optimization to improve recovery factor of primary production. They are also employing big data and machine learning to explore the existed production data and geology information to screen the sweet spot from geology point of view. However, current recovery factor of most unconventional reservoirs is still very low (4~10%). A quick production rate decline pushes US operator to pursue gas EOR for unconventional reservoirs, lifting the ultimate recovery factor to another higher level. The goal of this work is to improve oil recovery by implementing gas Huff and Puff process and optimizing injection pattern for one of the US major tight oil reservoirs - Eagle Ford basin. Gas diffusion is regarded as critical for gas Huff and Puff process of tight oil reservoirs. Utilizing the dual permeability model, gas diffusion effect is systematically analyzed and compared with the widely used single porosity model to justify its importance. Transport in natural fractures is proved to be dominated recovery mechanism using dual permeability model. Uncertainty studies about reservoir heterogeneity and nature fracture permeability are performed to understand their influences on well productivity and gas EOR effectiveness. Moreover, three alternative gas injectant compositions including rich gas, lean gas and nitrogen are investigated in gas Huff and Puff processes for Eagle Ford tight oil fractured reservoir. The brief economic evaluation of Huff and Puff project is conducted for black oil region of the Eagle Ford basin.
Fatehgarh reservoirs in Aishwariya field, located in Barmer Basin of Rajasthan India, have very high CO2 content in reservoir fluid. A procedure was developed earlier to model the impact of reservoir CO2 on waterflood, polymer flood and ASP flood (
The objective of this work was to validate the modelling procedure developed to predict the produced gas rate in such a system with very high amount of CO2 in reservoir fluid.
A live oil coreflood experiment was carried out using 12 inches long Bentheimer core under Aishwariya reservoir pressure and temperature conditions. After saturating the core with live oil, the core was water flooded with brine for ~3.7 pore volumes. Produced gas volume was measured at different times so as to generate gas production profile.
Two different simulation techniques were used to simulate the experiment and match the gas production profile. First technique was using a compositional simulator with EOS based PVT while the other technique was using an "advanced processes simulator" modeling the component distributions based on partitioning coefficients. Both methods could successfully capture the production of gas from both liquid streams; oil and water and a reasonable match for the produced gas could be obtained.
The approach developed to simulate impact of CO2 on different aqueous based flooding processes in Aishwariya field was validated by matching the coreflood experiment carried out under actual Aishwariya reservoir conditions. It helped to confirm confidence in performance prediction of aqueous based flooding mechanisms planned in Aishwariya field despite the presence of significant amount of CO2.
The paper presents history match of unconventional produced gas profile of a coreflood carried out under Aishwariya field conditions with very high amount of dissolved CO2. The proposed method can be applied to estimate produced gas rate in other fields with very high amount of CO2 in reservoir fluid.
Lau, Chee Hen (Schlumberger) | Duong, Anh (Schlumberger) | Taoutaou, Salim (Schlumberger) | Kumar, Avinash Kishore (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Ahmad, Khairunnisa Bt Abg (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Jain, Pankaj (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Amin, Remy Azrai M (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Toha, Rozaidi (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.)
In 2018, an operator in Malaysia completed a sidetrack campaign consisting of injector wells. These wells were planned for maximum productivity via sustainable wellbore zonal isolation. The presence of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in these wells elevated concern about the zonal isolation of cement across the interval. Moreover, for an injector well, the cement must exhibit resilient properties by design of enhanced mechanical properties to provide long-term isolation based on a cyclic wellbore. An advanced slurry system was designed that enabled the set cement to manifest superior properties in three parameters—corrosion resistance against CO2, flexibility against wellbore stress changes, and expansion to mitigate microannuli.
The design of the slag-based flexible cement system with expanding additive (slag-flex) considered all three parameters in the fit-for-purpose application of a resilient and flexible expansive cement system in a CO2-rich well. The system’s mechanical properties, such as Young’s Modulus, Poisson’s Ratio, and tensile strength, were verified with laboratory-scale testing and validation against stress analysis software to confirm on the resilient and flexible properties. The laboratory testing result demonstrated the improved properties of the system, including high tensile strength and low Young’s modulus. Furthermore, the reduced water content of the system decreases the permeability of set cement and thus increases resistance towards corrosive substance such as CO2.
For certain cases in the past, two separate slurry systems had to be designed—a lead slurry with CO2-resistant properties and a tail slurry with flexible and resilient properties. Often, several issues arose from this practice, including complex logistics due to cement silo blend arrangement and complexity during job execution. Hence, this new system presents a novel idea and methodology that will deliver value to the oilfield industry by integrating CO2 resistance, flexibility and expansion properties in a single slurry system.
The system was successfully pumped in wells in Malaysia; no sustained casing pressure has been recorded to date, and wells have been delivered to their intended zonal isolation requirements without compromising well design and overall integrity. This is an innovative application of this type of cement system in the region, and the long-term zonal isolation and well integrity assurance in these and future wells have the potential to save millions of dollars in remedial work. The cement system is currently recognized as the default technology for CO2-rich injector wells in Malaysia.
Mishra, Gaurav Kumar (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited) | Meena, Rakesh Kumar (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited) | Mitra, Sujit (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited) | Saha, Kunal (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited) | Dhakate, Vilas Pandurangji (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited) | Prakash, Om (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited) | Singh, Raman Kumar (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited)
India is the fastest growing major economy and third largest CO2 emitter in the world. Keeping cognizance of country's energy requirement and commitment to climate change, embarking upon technologies having minimal carbon footprint is the need of the hour. Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is one such technology which offers dual benefits of carbon sequestration & enhancing oil production from mature oils fields. This paper outlines ONGC's efforts in bringing nation's first CO2-EOR project.
In view of non-availability of natural CO2 sources in India, usage of anthropogenic CO2 captured from thermal power plants was conceptualised. Based upon CO2 source-sink matching exercise and favourable reservoir & fluid parameters, two oil fields were screened. Technical feasibility of CO2-EOR was first ascertained in laboratory by determination of minimum miscibility pressure (MMP) of CO2 through slim tube experiments. Encouraged by laboratory results, full field compositional simulation studies along with fluid characterization inputs from PVT simulator were carried out.
The MMP were found to be in range 190-250 Ksc, which is below the initial reservoir pressures of the targeted reservoirs. The proposed scheme entails drilling of around 70-80 wells inclusive of both producers & injectors and has the potential to yield an incremental recovery between 10-14 %. A sensitivity analysis based upon purity of CO2 and its adverse effect on MMP was carried out in terms of reduced oil recoveries. Since, this shall be a CCUS project, CO2 from the produced stream has to be separated, compressed and reinjected in a closed loop system. Around 5-8 MMT of CO2 will be sequestrated through Structural, Solubility and Residual trapping mechanisms as modelled in compositional simulator. IFT reduction & decrease in Sor (Residual oil saturation) as result of swelling, miscibility of CO2 with native oil were also modelled in simulator. Being first of its kind project in India, there are many inherent challenges to the CCUS project. At the source end, capturing CO2 from flue gas stream and its compression & transportation is a cost and energy intensive process. At the Sink end, CO2 being acidic and corrosive gas will need retrofit modifications in terms of special corrosion resistant metallurgy for existing processing facilities.
The learning curve from this endeavour shall create knowledge base to further expand deployment of CCUS in India, bringing a large portfolio of reservoirs under the ambit of CO2-EOR. Success of CCUS in India will not only increase domestic oil production but also cater to address the National INDC of reducing emission intensity of GDP by 33-35 percent by 2030 as per Paris agreement.
Massive hydraulic fracturing requires an enormous consumption of water and introduces many potential environmental issues. In addition, water-based fluid tends to be trapped in formations, reducing oil/gas-phase relative permeability, and causes clay-mineral swelling, which lowers absolute permeability. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is seen as a promising alternative working fluid that poses no formation-damage risk, and it can stimulate more-complex and extensive fracture networks. However, very little, if any, extant research has quantitatively analyzed the effectiveness of CO2 fracturing, except for some qualitative fracturing experiments that are based on acoustic emissions. In this study, we systematically examine water and CO2 fracturing, and compare their performance on the basis of a rigorously coupled geomechanics and a fluid-heat-flow model. Parameters investigated include fluid viscosity, compressibility, in-situ stress, and rock permeability, illustrating how they affect breakdown pressure (BP) and leakoff, as well as fracturing effectiveness. It is found that (1) CO2 has the potential to lower BP, benefiting the propagation of fractures; (2) water fracturing tends to create wider and longer tensile fractures compared with CO2 fracturing, thereby facilitating proppant transport and placement; (3) CO2 fracturing could dramatically enhance the complexity of artificial fracture networks even under high-stress-anisotropy conditions; (4) thickened CO2 tends to generate simpler fracture networks than does supercritical CO2 (SC-CO2), but still more-complex fracture networks than fresh water; and (5) the alternative fracturing scheme (i.e., SC-CO2 fracturing followed by thickened-CO2 fracturing) can readily create complex fracture networks and carry proppant to keep hydraulic fractures open. This study reveals that, for intact reservoirs, water-based fracturing can achieve better fracturing performance than CO2 fracturing; however, for naturally fractured reservoirs, CO2 fracturing can constitute an effective way to stimulate tight/shale oil/gas reservoirs, thereby improving oil/gas production.
Xu, Zhengming (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Wu, Kan (Texas A&M University) | Song, Xianzhi (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Li, Gensheng (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Zhu, Zhaopeng (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Sun, Baojiang (China University of Petroleum, East China)
Energized fracturing fluids, including foams, carbon dioxide (CO2), and nitrogen (N2), are widely used for multistage fracturing in horizontal wells. However, because density, rheology, and thermal properties are sensitive to temperature and pressure, it is important to understand the flow and thermal behaviors of energized fracturing fluids along the wellbore. In this study, a unified steady-state model is developed to simulate the flow and thermal behaviors of different energized fracturing fluids and to investigate the changes of fluid properties from the wellhead to the toe of the horizontal wellbore. The velocity and pressure are calculated using continuity and momentum equations. Temperature profiles of the whole wellbore/formation system are obtained by simultaneously solving energy equations of different thermal regions. Temperature, pressure, and energized-fluid properties are coupled in both depth and radial directions using an iteration scheme. This model is verified against field data from energized-fluid-injection operations. The relative average errors for pressure and temperature are less than 5%. The effects of injection pressure, mass-flow rate, annulus-fluid type, foam quality, and proppant volumetric concentration on pressure and temperature distributions are analyzed. Influence degrees of these operating parameters on the bottomhole pressure (BHP) for different energized fracturing fluids are calculated. The required injection parameters at the surface to achieve designed bottomhole treating parameters for different energized fracturing fluids are compared. The results of this study might help field operators to select the most-suitable energized fluid and further optimize energized-fluid-fracturing treatments.
Fredriksen, Sunniva B. (University of Bergen) | Alcorn, Zachary P. (University of Bergen) | Frøland, Anders (University of Bergen) | Viken, Anita (University of Bergen) | Rognmo, Arthur U. (University of Bergen) | Seland, John G. (University of Bergen) | Ersland, Geir (University of Bergen) | Fernø, Martin A. (University of Bergen) | Graue, Arne (University of Bergen)
An integrated enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) (IEOR) approach is used in fractured oil-wet carbonate core plugs where surfactant prefloods reduce interfacial tension (IFT), alter wettability, and establish conditions for capillary continuity to improve tertiary carbon dioxide (CO2) foam injections. Surfactant prefloods can alter the wettability of oil-wet fractures toward neutral/weakly-water-wet conditions that in turn reduce the capillary threshold pressure for foam generation in matrix and create capillary contact between matrix blocks. The capillary connectivity can transmit differential pressure across fractures and increase both mobility control and viscous displacement during CO2-foam injections. Outcrop core plugs were aged to reflect conditions of an ongoing CO2-foam injection field pilot in west Texas. Surfactants were screened for their ability to change the wetting state from oil-wet using the Darcy-scale Amott-Harvey index. A cationic surfactant was the most effective in shifting wettability from an Amott-Harvey index of –0.56 to 0.09. Second waterfloods after surfactant treatments and before tertiary CO2-foam injections recovered an additional 4 to 11% of original oil in place (OIP) (OOIP), verifying the favorable effects of a surfactant preflood to mobilize oil. Tertiary CO2-foam injections revealed the significance of a critical oil-saturation value below which CO2 and surfactant solution were able to enter the oil-wet matrix and generate foam for EOR. The results reveal that a surfactant preflood can reverse the wettability of oil-wet fracture surfaces, lower IFT, and lower capillary threshold pressure to reduce oil saturation to less than a critical value to generate stable CO2 foam.
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) by solvent injection offers significant potential to increase recovery from shale oil reservoirs, which is typically between 3 and 7% original oil in place (OOIP). The rather sparse literature on this topic typically models these tight reservoirs on the basis of conventional-reservoir processes and mechanisms, such as by convective transport using Darcy’s law, even though there is little physical justification for this treatment. The literature also downplays the importance of the soaking period in huff ’n’ puff.
In this paper, we propose, for the first time, a more physically realistic recovery mechanism based on solely diffusion-dominated transport. We develop a diffusion-dominated proxy model assuming first-contact miscibility (FCM) to provide rapid estimates of oil recovery for both primary production and the solvent huff ’n’ soak ’n’ puff (HSP) process in ultratight oil reservoirs. Simplified proxy models are developed to represent the major features of the fracture network.
The key results show that diffusion-transport considered solely can reproduce the primary-production period within the Eagle Ford Shale and can model the HSP process well, without the need to use Darcy’s law. The minimum miscibility pressure (MMP) concept is not important for ultratight shales where diffusion dominates because MMP is based on advection-dominated conditions. The mechanism for recovery is based solely on density and concentration gradients. Primary production is modeled as a self-diffusion process, whereas the HSP process is modeled as a counter-diffusion process. Incremental recoveries by HSP are several times greater than primary-production recoveries, showing significant promise in increasing oil recoveries. We calculate ultimate recoveries for both primary production and for the HSP process, and show that methane injection is preferred over carbon dioxide injection. We also show that the proxy model, to be accurate, must match the total matrix-contact area and the ratio of effective area to total contact area with time. These two parameters should be maximized for best recovery.
Brice Y. Kim and I. Yucel Akkutlu, Texas A&M University, and Vladimir Martysevich and Ronald G. Dusterhoft, Halliburton Summary The stress-dependent permeabilities of split shale core plugs from Eagle Ford, Bakken, and Barnett Formation samples are investigated in the presence of microproppants. An analytical permeability model is developed for the investigation, including the interactions between the fracture walls and monolayer microproppants under stress. The model is then used to analyze a series of pressure-pulsedecay measurements of the propped shale samples in the laboratory. The analysis provides the propped-fracture permeability of the samples and predicts a parameter related to the quality of the proppant areal distribution in the fracture. The proppant-placement quality can be used as a measure of success of the delivery of proppants into microfractures and to design stimulation experiments in the laboratory. Introduction Unconventional-oil/gas resources, such as tight gas/oil and resource shale, have low porosity and ultralow permeability. Creating a well-connected complex fracture network is a key component of increasing the permeability and accelerating production. The early era of hydraulic fracturing horizontal wells in unconventional formations was concerned with achieving long fractures with multistage treatments with large cluster spacing. However, recent trends in this type of well completion and stimulation involve fractures that are created in narrower clusters in much closer spacing, targeting larger surface areas. It is argued that the practice of hydraulic fracturing with narrow clusters in close spacing along a lateral wellbore creates fractures with significantly reduced sizes, but in a complex network (Rassenfoss 2017). The creation of a network of fractures includes major operational issues.