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JIP HAQEL

JIP DEEPER

Dynamic Experimentation and Evaluation of Petrophysical Properties for Enhanced Reservoir Engineering Workflows

About Texas A&M University at Qatar and Petroleum Engineering Program

Since its establishment in Qatar, the researchers and experts of Texas A&M University have been closely collaborating with oil and gas companies, national research funds and governmental agencies. The available research facilities of the Petroleum Engineering Program include state-of-the-art equipment for the whole chain of reservoir modeling and petroleum engineering: from high-resolution scanners and microscopes to new-generation reservoir software and high performance computing capabilities.

A geostatistical realization of porosity field of a typical Middle East reservoir; after [1].

Background

Recent research work proposes advanced multi-phase flow models (2-4) including some dynamical effects which were not fully captured with the classical Darcy’s law equations.

 

Effect of contact angle and pore geometry on dynamic entry capillary pressure in single capillary; after [2].

Joint Industry funded Project (JIP) DEEPER

The proposed JIP DEEPER focuses on development of a reservoir simulator in which petrophysical properties inherently evolve as a function of operating conditions. In comparison to conventional reservoir simulators available in market, such simulator will be able to match and predict oil and gas production much better especially for unconventional reservoirs and EOR techniques. We will start with pore-scale experimental and numerical studies to lay down the theoretical foundation, later the physics will be upscaled and embedded into reservoir simulator.

Methodology

The JIP team uses:

  • Cutting edge experimental tools such as micromodels, X-ray micro tomography, confocal microscopy
  • Complement experiments with advanced CFD simulations
  • Integrating dynamic petrophysical properties into reservoir simulator and evaluate their impact on reservoir engineering workflows

Open to discuss and define together new work packages according to JIP member's interests and concerns.

Project Schedule                                     

  • Kick-Off Meeting: October 2018
  • Starting Date: January 1st, 2019
  • 1st Steering Committee Meeting: May 2019
  • Report: June 2019

For more details, the interested parts are welcome to contact:

The obtained results will also be presented at upcoming international conferences and workshops.

Acknowledgments

This project is currently supported by Texas A&M University start-up funds.

References

[1] Darishchev, A., and Guérillot, D.R. (2017) Towards realistic synthetic models of Middle East carbonate reservoirs for evaluating reservoir engineering workflows - 79th EAGE Conference & Exhibition – Carbonate Reservoirs Workshop, Paris, France, 12 – 15 June 2017.

[2] Rabbani, H. S., Joekar-Niasar, V., & Shokri, N. (2016). Effects of intermediate wettability on entry capillary pressure in angular pores. Journal of colloid and interface science, 473, 34-43.

[3] Kassa, A. M., Gasda, S.E., Kumar, K., & Radu, F.A. (2018). Impact of Wettability Evolution on Dynamic Capillary Pressure. 

[4] Lashgari, H. R., Xu, Y., & Sepehrnoori, K. (2016). Modeling Dynamic Wettability Alteration Effect Based on Contact Angle. In SPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference. Society of Petroleum Engineers.