Advanced techniques for reservoir engineering and simulation

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Publication Type dissertation
School or College College of Engineering
Department Chemical Engineering
Author Velasco Guachalla, Raul
Title Advanced techniques for reservoir engineering and simulation
Date 2016
Description The outstanding surge in hydrocarbon production from unconventional reservoirs is unprecedented. Profitable oil prices and new technologies have untapped massive oil and gas resources in recent years. However, the correct exploitation of these resources has been dampened by the lack of understanding of these systems. Research efforts to understand and properly assess unconventional resources have exploded in the literature. In this research work, a series of advancements in reservoir production analysis, simulation modeling, and simulation development are made. A semi-analytical method based on conventional material balance was developed to approximate reservoir pressure distributions and permeability. One of the strengths of this method is that it only requires limited information to be viable. Reservoirs with dry gas and/or high gas oil ratios are handled with an additional average pressure correction factor that takes gas compressibility into account. Hence, this method can be used for any type of fluid and fluid flow as long as the correct material balance formulation and surrogate curves are employed. Verification of the method is made through comparison with synthetic data and a field case study. Furthermore, a standardized simplification workflow for hydraulically stimulated reservoirs was introduced. The aim of this workflow is to guide the engineer when developing a simplified reservoir simulation model with multiple wells and fractures. Simplified models have been around for a long time in the literature, however, their applicability to field-scale projects is very limited. Models that result from the application of this workflow are shown to retain the low simulation run-times characteristic of popular single-fracture models. In addition, fluid rate results from the proposed workflow models are in good agreement with results from full-scale simulation models. This is not the case for the single-fracture model which loses accuracy as the complexity of the project grows. Lastly, a new discrete fracture model formulation is implemented in a control-volume finite element simulator. This new fracture model provides fractures with their own control volumes and gives them freedom to be placed anywhere in the matrix domain. Verification of this implementation is made through comparison with analytical expressions and other well-established simulators.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Hydraulic Fracturing; Reservoir Engineering; Reservoir Simulation; Tight Oil; Unconventional Reservoirs
Dissertation Name Doctor of Philosophy
Language eng
Rights Management ©Raul Velasco Guachalla
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 27,143 bytes
Identifier etd3/id/4079
ARK ark:/87278/s6283gwg
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2016-08-25
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 197629
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6283gwg