Advanced Reservoir Characterization for CO2 Storage
A. Al-Menhali, C. Reynolds, P. Lai, B. Niu, N. Nicholls, J. Crawshaw and S. Krevor
Event name: IPTC 2014: International Petroleum Technology Conference
Session: Session 15: INTEGRATED RESERVOIR - Integrated Reservoir Modelling and Characterisation
Publication date: 19 January 2014
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Injection of CO2 into the subsurface is of interest for CO2 storage and enhanced oil recovery (EOR). There are, however, major unresolved questions around the multiphase flow physics and reactive processes that will take place after CO2 is injected, particularly in carbonate rock reservoirs. For example, the wetting properties of CO2-brine-rock systems will impact the efficiency of EOR operations and CO2 storage but reported contact angles range widely from strongly water-wet to intermediate wet. Similar uncertainties exist for properties including the relative permeability and the impact of chemical reaction on flow. In this presentation we present initial results from laboratory studies investigating the physics of multiphase flow and reactive transport for CO2-brine systems. We use traditional and novel core flooding techniques and x-ray imaging to resolve uncertainties around the CO2-brine contact angle, relative permeability, residual trapping, and feedbacks between chemical reaction and flow in carbonate rocks.