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Flow diagnostics for naturally fractured reservoirs

Victoria Spooner, Sebastian Geiger and Dan Arnold
Flow diagnostics for naturally fractured reservoirs
Petroleum Geoscience (July 2019) Pre-Issue Publication


Reliable production forecasting for fractured carbonate reservoirs is a challenge. Natural fractures, adverse wettability and complex matrix heterogeneity are all uncertain and can all negatively impact upon recovery. Ideally, we should consider different reservoir concepts encapsulated in a large ensemble of reservoir models to quantify the impact of these and other geological uncertainties on reservoir performance. However, the computational cost of considering many scenarios can be significant, especially for dual porosity/permeability models, rendering robust uncertainty quantification impractical for most asset teams. Flow diagnostics provide a complement to full-physics simulations for comparing models. Flow diagnostics approximate the dynamic response of the reservoir in seconds. In this paper we describe the extension of flow diagnostics to dual porosity models for naturally fractured reservoirs. Our new diagnostic tools link the advective time of flight in the fractures to the transfer from the matrix, identifying regions where transfer and flux are not in balance leading to poor matrix oil sweep and early breakthrough. Our new diagnostics tools have been applied to a real field case and are shown to compare well with full-physics simulation results.

ISSN: 1354-0793
Serial Title: Petroleum Geoscience
Serial Volume: Pre-Issue Publication
Title: Flow diagnostics for naturally fractured reservoirs
Affiliation: Heriot-Watt University, Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Published: 20190701
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society Publishing House for EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers), London, United Kingdom
References: 41
Accession Number: 2019-068725
Categories: Economic geology, geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Includes appendix
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
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Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201936
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