Characterizing and predicting short term performance for the in Salah Krechba field CCS joint industry project

Pamukcu, Yusuf, Hurter, Suzanne, Jammes, Laurent, Dat Vu-Hoang and Pekot, Larry (2011). Characterizing and predicting short term performance for the in Salah Krechba field CCS joint industry project. In: 10th International Conference On Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (3371-3378). 19 - 23 September 2010. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.259


Author Pamukcu, Yusuf
Hurter, Suzanne
Jammes, Laurent
Dat Vu-Hoang
Pekot, Larry
Title of paper Characterizing and predicting short term performance for the in Salah Krechba field CCS joint industry project
Conference name 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies
Conference location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference dates 19 - 23 September 2010
Proceedings title 10th International Conference On Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Energy Procedia   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.259
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISSN 1876-6102
Volume 4
Start page 3371
End page 3378
Total pages 8
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In 2006, the CO2ReMoVe project funded by the European Commission was launched with the objectives of developing new and common methodologies and technologies to improve site based R&D for the monitoring, measurement and verification of the injection and storage of CO2 at multiple sites. The In Salah Gas Krechba Field Joint Industry Project has been in operation since 2004 when gas from several fields was put on production. To comply with export regulations, the high content of carbon dioxide (CO2), 1-10% in the produced gas is removed and re-injected down dip from the producing gas horizon, through three horizontal injection wells at approximately 1800 m below surface. Within the framework of COReMoVe, this paper discusses the site characterization and the short term system performance for the In Salah Krechba field. Prior to the injection, the reservoir unit and the seals were characterized. The resulting geological (static) model is consistent with the information obtained from the drilling activities in 2004 and 2005 and from the reprocessed 3D seismic done by Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (CGG) in 2006. A fracture study carried out on information obtained from resistivity and acoustic images available on the Krechba field had shown the existence of an open fracture network oriented along the NE-SW direction parallel to the maximum stress direction. Typically, monitoring data serves as a calibration yardstick for the static model. It was therefore valuable information to detect the CO2 breakthrough at KB-5, a suspended well located 1.7 km away from the KB-502 injector well. Tracer analysis confirmed the CO2 detected at KB-5 came from KB-502. A multi-phase, multi-component compositional simulator specially designed for CO2 sequestration (ECLIPSE1 300 with the CO2SOL option) was used to simulate and predict the properties of the injected carbon dioxide as well as that of the gas in place (mainly methane) and of the saline aquifer. History matching was used to calibrate the dynamic model by iteratively modifying parameters until a satisfactory match between model results and field measurements was obtained. The resulting dynamic model is used for short term predictions of the behaviour of injected CO2. The history matching parameters are the fracture porosity, permeability and matrix permeability (difficult to measure permeability in a fractured medium). In each iteration, the simulated bottomhole pressures, gas (CO2) injection rates were compared against field data as well as the CO2 breakthrough time at KB-5. Iterations were repeated until a good match was obtained. Predictive simulation results indicate that CO2 would reach the northern part of the gas field in 2010 and would spread out over an area including production wells in 2015, both in the northern (KB-502, KB-503) and the eastern part (KB- 501) of the gas field. Although a good match has been obtained in the history matching process, some observed discrepancies could still not be explained only by fluid dynamics. Possibly, the application of coupled fluid flow and geomechanical simulations would aid in explaining the remaining discrepancies.
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